Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 - Advanced)
Topic: Reading (01/25/07)
TITLE: Tapping On The Wall-Melinda and Jack's Final Chapter
By Sharon Singley
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
ADD TO MY FAVORITES
She pressed her ear against the cold wall, trying to hear any sound from the next cell. This is where they kept her husband, Jack. Exhaustion wrapped itself around her weary frame and for a moment she actually found rest as she leaned on the wall. But in no time she was jarred awake by a tapping sound. Tears stung her eyes and a soft smile formed as she absentmindedly touched the wall in response, as if her touch could penetrate the solid cement and caress the man she loved on the other side. She tapped lightly in response letting him know she was with him.
This ritual of tapping on the wall began the day after their sentencing. Jack would tap a few times, break, tap a few times again, break, and then tap again. At first Melinda wasn’t sure if this was random or if he was trying to communicate something. But then she began to get the pattern! He tapped twenty four times, stopped, tapped twenty nine times, stopped, tapped eleven times, stopped. Finally she gave a little tap to let him know she understood, and then sat back to concentrate on the numbers.
She had a gut feeling he was trying to recite scripture to her. It took her a good portion of that first day to figure out exactly what he meant. She thought perhaps the first set of numbers represented a book in the Bible, the second set represented a chapter, and then logically the third would be the verse. After straining to remember the order of the books in the Bible, she finally understood! The scripture he was tapping out was Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” She praised God that she and Jack had spent so much time reading and memorizing The Word.
From that day forward they would tap scriptures out to each other, giving encouragement through a hard, cold wall. The scriptures would come alive within them, sustaining them through fear, through sorrow, sadness, and loneliness. They could not read the Word of God with their eyes, but they could read it with their hearts. The words were filled with power and moved like fire through the prison cells.
Melinda jumped at the sound of keys in the cell door. Although terror rushed through her soul for a brief moment, she stood and faced her captors with her head held high. On this day, six months to the day of her sentencing, she would walk a final walk out of her cell and into freedom. In her heart soared the scripture Jack tapped out today. Her mind repeated the words her heart had read.
‘Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise”’ (Luke 23:43)
They could imprison her, they could kill her. But they could not erase the Word of God dwelling within her.
The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
Accept Jesus as Your Lord and Savior Right Now - CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.