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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Up and Down (04/02/09)

TITLE: The Two-Hour Chasm
By Joshua Janoski
04/08/09


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God sure works in mysterious ways.

That’s what comes to my mind when I think about Renee. The way that God brought us together was truly special, and yet for some reason He decided to make our relationship somewhat of a challenge…

Let me introduce myself. My name is Aaron, and I hope you don’t mind if I rant a little bit about my current dilemma. I met this girl named Renee, and well, let’s just say that she is perfect for me. We met online through a Christian singles website. Neither one of us thought going online would ever work, but somehow it did. We were both ready to give up on love when God decided that it was finally time to introduce us to each other.

I know what you’re thinking! You’re wondering how meeting the love of my life could be classified as a “dilemma.” Let me explain. I moved to Loveland, Colorado in December. Four months ago, I decided to leave my hometown of Pueblo, Colorado and venture out to take employment with the University of Northern Colorado. I work in their IT department, and it’s a great job with great people, but there is just one problem. Renee is not here…

Renee lives in Colorado Springs, two hours south of where I currently live and an hour from where I used to live. You are surely asking yourself why I would quit my previous job and move up here just so that I could be even farther away from my girl, or should I say fiancé? That’s right. After a short courtship, we decided that we were perfect for each other, and I proposed to her on Valentine’s Day. But remember, I had lost all hope. I moved up here with the idea that I would either find love in Loveland (the city name gave me high hopes) or settle with being single forever. It was only a few short weeks after moving up here when I began e-mailing and phoning Renee.

We make our relationship work. The “two-hour chasm” that separates us can sometimes be difficult, especially for me, since I’m up here by myself. I drive “down” to see her every other weekend and she drives “up” to see me. This up and down travel is accompanied by similar up and down emotions. Its awesome getting to see her, but it is hard to let her leave.

Before any geniuses out there decide to start offering up their advice, keep this in mind. I already have the solution to my problem. One of us needs to move to where the other one is currently living. Sounds simple enough, right? WRONG! In my act of desperation, I signed a year lease for an apartment. After all, a year is a good amount of time to settle into a job and possibly meet a local girl, right? Like I said before, God has a sense of humor, and He has fun with me. I’d quickly break the lease if it weren’t for one small stipulation in the contract. If I break it, then I get to pay…drum roll please…

$2,700.00!!!

I did not stutter or add any extra zeros. That’s a lot of Benjamin Franklins to shell out, especially when you have debt incurred from your recent move. So I guess the next best decision would be for her to move up here with me, right? WRONG AGAIN! She worked her fanny off for three years to start a preschool at her church. Children are her ministry and her gift, and she is best suited where she is at, and all of her family and friends are in Colorado Springs. It just makes sense for me to be the one to move. Renee is worth the sacrifice of picking up and re-locating again.

So where do I go from here? I realized that my family, my friends, my church, and my fiancé (all that I care about) are all down south. So I spend my nights lying on my bed praying that God will make a way for me to move closer to Renee. Thankfully, Renee is praying too. Though a two hour chasm separates us, we are not divided in our faith. Though we go through the ups and downs of a long distance relationship, we remain stable in our love for each other and our Savior. We know that God will close this gap in His timing. And there is comfort in that…


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Connie Dixon04/10/09
Since I can't offer any advice, I'll just say - wait. God has His purpose in that also. Your "rant" was genuine, passionate and heartfelt. (a year will go by faster than you think).
Ruth Neilson04/10/09
I wish I could offer some advice--but I'm no where near this situation in life to start with. I enjoyed your entry!
Shirley McClay 04/10/09
You are doing the absolute best thing you can. PRAY... and don't force your own will into the picture. Great job. Thank you for sharing your heart and struggle with us.
Glynis Becker 04/10/09
Life and love are full of their ups and downs, but you've got the perfect solution...prayer :) Thanks for sharing with us!
Ruth Ann Moore04/11/09
Time has a way of dragging on when we are anxioius to start something new, but it does eventually pass. One day there will be no more need for good-byes, just good morning as you start your married life together. Keep praying, God's leading is always the wisest.
Kathleen Morris04/12/09
Thank you for sharing! All along while I was reading this, I was saying, "I'd pay the $2,700 in a heartbeat to be with my love." But then I am not walking in your shoes. Hope you get it all sorted out. God will find a way! And GREAT writing by the way!
Chely Roach04/13/09
Oh, I could feel your dilemma with every word. Hang in there...with Him, all things are possible.
Beth LaBuff 04/13/09
I love your line, "find love in Loveland".. :) Your connection to "up and down" is perfect! Calling money "Benjamin Franklin's" is so creative! Praying about your dilemma too.
Loren T. Lowery04/14/09
I'm a hopeless romantic and I, too would shell out the $2700 in a heartbeat. True love counts no cost, right? But then love is patient, too. Goodness, issues of the heart have a way of getting all tangled up, don't they. Shakespeare did say something about their being a "tide in the affairs of men" - but I don't think he was talking of love, but maybe he was. I'll have to research that. Oh the other hand, maybe you should simply pray the prayer that never fails: His will be done. Good thing I'm not a writer for an advise column, huh! Anyway, good luck in bridging that two-hour chasm. Great writing, by the way : )
Bryan Ridenour04/14/09
Excellent writing and yes $2,700 is a lot of clams. However, God will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory. I think God carries that much in his money clip :)
Karlene Jacobsen 04/16/09
All I can say is, "I feel for ya."
This has the feel of a journal entry, very raw and honest. I like that.
You could probably take this later on and turn it into a "pre-marital" article for those hopelessly in love and think they are the only ones with struggles. Who knows how God will work this out for HIS glory!