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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The USA (01/08/09)

TITLE: The Girl Next Door
By Leah Nichols
01/14/09


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Jason sank back into the oversized cushions of Elder Thomas' maroon couch, pondering his response to the question regarding his online dating.

The greying older man narrowed his eyes and rephrased the question. "Son, what are you expecting to find, as you venture all over this country looking for the perfect girl?"

Averting his gaze and shifting uncomfortably, Jason replied, "Well, I suppose I want a virtuous woman, one who fears the Lord, is honest, just, pure...."

"And lovely?" Thomas interjected. "Don't tell me you're only looking for a girl that's got a pretty face!"

Gulp. "Well, I do think it's important that I be attracted to her...."

“Son, let me tell you something real important.” The older man cleared his throat. “When I met the love of my life, I had my eye on another beautiful girl, so much so that I almost missed my wife. It's not just about 'compatibility' or 'attraction', but about how you serve the Lord together as a team, and how you love each other despite your differences.”

Jason ventured the question burning in his mind. “But what's the best way to find her? I'm doing everything I can.”

Thomas smiled. “How did Adam find Eve?”

Jason paused, then offered, “Well, God brought her to him. He didn't even have to look.”

His spiritual mentor leaned back into his chair. “Then I suggest you follow his example. After all, that was the first marriage arranged by God.”

As Jason pedaled home, his thoughts wandered back over the past several months.

First there was Susan, the lovely brunette who painted landscapes and rode horses. He flew to Colorado to meet her, enjoying his stay in the Rocky Mountains, but disappointed that she had no interest in missions, the passion of his life.

Then Amy, who surfed daily on the southern Californian coastline. Her attention on maintaining her toned figure dwarfed every part of her life, including her spiritual walk. He polished his tan but swore off all blondes as he flew home.

Breaking that vow took only one week when he met Jenny, whom he visited a month later at her parents' South Carolina mansion. She had a gracious demeanor and a killer fried chicken recipe, but she could not possibly imagine life outside of privileged society.

Tricia posted a gorgeous picture of herself, and he had his first New York City experience when he flew to meet her. When he met her near Times Square, he did not even recognize her. With black-rimmed glasses and her hair pulled back severely in a bun, she eminated the sharp businesslike manner of a lawyer. She had a goal of politics, not preaching in Africa.

He flew to meet Annie in Seattle, Carrie in Great Falls, Faith in Orlando, Penny in Chicago, and Lynne in Boston. Every girl had something beautiful about her, but none matched him in his goal to serve God. Each experience left him more at a loss as to how he would ever find a wife. So, I just have to wait for God to bring her to me? How's that supposed to work?

Pulling up to the curb, he stopped his bike at the red signal of the main road. To his right he noticed a petite young woman holding a leash attached to a large mutt. He quipped aloud, “Who's taking who for a walk?”

She turned to eye him and smiled. “Ah, but I am the one with the doggie treats if he obeys my lead.”

“Brilliant!” Jason responded with a chuckle. “Where did you get such a big puppy?”

“Actually he's not mine; I'm dog-sitting for some friends while they do a short-term mission trip,” she replied.

His interest piqued, Jason questioned, “Oh, for what church?”

“Cedar Heights Community,” she answered.

The other side of town. Interesting....I wonder if that's why we've never met. “Wow, I go to First Baptist. I'm interested in missions myself – have you ever considered it?”

She smiled broadly. “It's the passion of my heart. I can't wait to go as soon as I'm ready.”

“What are you waiting for?” His heart began racing.

“Just waiting for my husband to come along!”

Jason laughed aloud, as he thanked God in his heart. I've flown all over the USA, and here's a gorgeous girl who desires to serve God, right in my hometown!

“Well, coincidentally, I happen to be looking for a wife....”


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Lynda Schultz 01/15/09
Classic! It's hard to believe that anyone who can trust God to take him to the mission field can't trust that same God to provide a wife—but probably true. Hilarious—loved it!
Charla Diehl 01/16/09
I liked this romantic story but you almost lost me on how it fit the topic--I got that the MC was traveling the USA in search of a wife, but thought the tie-in a bit weak.
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/17/09
I liked how your mc's computer took him all over the USA to look for a wife, while the perfect one was just next door. Good twist.
Joanne Sher 01/18/09
Great title, and a delightful entry with a bang-up ending!
Valarie Sullivan01/19/09
I loved it! 'Looking for love in all the wrong places' indeed! And how true that if we will just trust God, He will provide! Wonderful!
Jan Ackerson 01/20/09
Charming and well-written, and a very fun way to take us all over the country.

I found the ending a tad predictable, maybe a little bit contrived; nevertheless, it made me smile a lot.

Both of my daughters found their husbands when they stopped looking!
Teresa Lee Rainey01/20/09
This was so much fun. I was smiling from very close to the beginning. Love the online-dating idea to take this young man all over the USA. Big Congrats on moving up to Masters. :)

Joshua Janoski03/26/09
I remember us discussing writing a piece like this. I was unable to muster up the creativity to do it (even though I have had the real life experience with it flying to other states to meet girls). You did an awesome job. I liked the Colorado reference in there, and now that I met Jamie, I can confirm that the lesson in this story is 100% valid and true. When you quit looking, God does wonders. :)
Lisa Johnson 09/04/09
I absolutely love this story! Poor boy, racking up all those frequent flier miles, when all he had to do was wait on the Lord.