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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Beginning and End (04/16/09)

TITLE: I Said "Yes!"
By Corinne Boback


The sky is a brilliant painting. I cannot contain my exuberance as I bounce from cloud to cloud. Splashes of vibrant colors illuminate the horizon. Why does mankind only see a blue sky when they look up? That is something I must ask my Father. Oh, but then I already know the answer. I am such an intricate part of Him that He answers my questions before I even ask! Mankind does not have perfect vision. I wonder if they are disappointed when they realize they cannot see as they once did.

I feel the brush of angel’s wings as she floats by. I watch as she descends to the earth on a mission for her Creator. The angelic beings are something I will miss. They do the Father’s bidding without question, serving and praising Him forever and ever. Satan, hmmmm.......how foolish he was to think he could have it better than being in this place! It just couldn’t be any better than this.

Watching the sun go down and the moon appear, I realize that for the human race, another day is done. Time means nothing to me presently, but I know one day soon it will. Will I be ready? Where will I go? What is my destiny?

My very thoughts are captured as I abide in my Father’s heart. His love fills me to overflowing. He whispers that He will never leave me or forsake me. That is wonderful to hear over and over, but I have no fear of that, for I have never known anything but the joy of living in the heart of my Father.

I see others sent on their way, and wonder what awaits them down below. Will I ever see them again? Will I know them as I know them here and now? Again, my Father holds me tightly, breathing as I breathe, and there is nothing but peace. I know by God’s very nature that I will have this peace wherever I go. The ones who have gone on ahead will have that peace too.

Finally, the day approaches. I see Jesus at the right hand of our Father, making intercession for me. The Holy Spirit dances gleefully, knowing soon He will have a job to do that excites Him so much. It is He who will lead me step by step as I walk out the perfect will of my Father.

God speaks to me. His voice is soothing, like the waters of a gently flowing stream. It is the only voice I long to hear, one I never tire of hearing.

“My child, it is time. Are you willing to fulfill My plan for your life? You have been with Me since the very beginning, before the foundation of the world. But now I must ask if you are willing to go. Will you go and fulfill your destiny in My Kingdom?”

I begin to say a resounding “yes.” He stops me with a look full of compassion and love. He speaks again.

“My child, the road will not be an easy one to travel. Let me show you something.”

He begins a slide show, giving me a mere glimpse of some horrific things I will live through. Still, I shout, “Yes, Lord!” For I have known nothing but love, and His love will cover me. I trust His love. After all, I am part of His very heart! I do not have to understand His purpose in allowing me to go through the pain I will endure. He will show me as I walk out my life, and will reveal Himself to me when I call for help. His love will not fail me. I am ready for the trip!

I am born into a family that serves my fiercest enemy - Satan himself! But God’s love – I find it again! It is more powerful than I remember. I discover how bright that love shines in the darkest of circumstances. His love is my way of escape. I am set free from serving Satan and the family who forced me to serve him. I now speak and write about His love, that other captives may be set free.

And the end? It will be as the beginning. When my physical body dies, I will return to my Father’s heart for all eternity. For now, we are smiling at each other with love, and I am so happy that I said “yes!”

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Laury Hubrich 04/24/09
You had me guessing almost to the end who was speaking. Interesting story.