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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Billboard/Poster/Sign (any or all) (12/02/10)

TITLE: A Journey to Faith
By CJ Raney
12/09/10


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The blaring alarm clock was a cruel reminder of the day ahead. As soon as John’s feet touched the cold floor his phone was ringing. He looked at the phone on his bedside table. “Seriously? It’s not even daylight yet.”

This was a day that John had lost many nights of sleep over. He had spent weeks asking God to intercede. But, he was still struggling trying to figure it all out. There had to be a way he could make it work.

John owned a large construction company and had been fretting over cash flow the last couple of months. Everyone wanted to be paid sooner and the builders wanted to pay later. John was expecting a check today. If it didn’t come, he would be forced to let some people go. This was the toughest part of his job, but Christmas time was especially hard.

With the phone to his ear and a cup of coffee in hand, John headed out to tackle the day.

John was headed down the highway talking on his phone. He passed a large billboard. Out of the corner of his eye he saw the words.

“Have you prayed today?”

John paused his conversation. “Did I?” A second later he was back to the problem at hand.

A little further down the road another billboard caught his attention.

“Do you have faith?”

“Yes, Lord. I have faith in you. It’s just . . . ” The phone ringing interrupted his thought.

“Yes!” He answered the phone abruptly. John was becoming very exasperated. He didn’t want to deal with another phone call about someone wanting their money this week. John felt his patience was definitely being tried today. With each call his voice got louder and the gas pedal closer to the floor board.

As he came over the top of a hill all John saw were brake lights. He slowed to a stop, hung up the phone and tossed it down. John laid his head on the steering wheel taking deep breaths to calm himself. His head pounded in sync with his heart beat.

“Why, Lord? I’ve done everything I could think of. What else do I have to do?”

The honking of the cars startled John to focus his attention back on the road. His eyes immediately drifted to the large billboard staring back at him.

“Are you expecting results?”

John could hear his phone ringing but could not move from the spot he found himself after reading that last billboard. He wasn’t sure how he got there, but he was on his knees in front of the billboard apologizing to God. When John finally made his way back to the truck, he reached for his phone and saw, in big capital letters, a text message that read.

“THE CHECK CAME!!!”


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Joy Faire Stewart12/09/10
There's so much I enjoyed about this story. Isn't it wonderful how His presence appears in ordinary objects and places when it's needed most? Great opening paragraph and title too.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/09/10
Your first line hooked me and drew me in to the very end. It was a great story and really demonstrated the desperation of many people during these difficult times.
Amanda Brogan12/11/10
Great opening paragraph! I like how the MC saw God's voice in each billboard. Love the ending!
Noel Mitaxa 12/13/10
Totally believable story and well told.