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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hacker or Virus (computer) (12/15/11)

TITLE: Granny's Gift of Great Worth
By annie keys


The sun is setting over the meadow and the sky is ablaze with crimson and yellow. Sitting in stunned silence, Granny doesnít even notice. A tear slips down the wrinkled old face falling onto the new pink Bible.

I canít believe that Iíve been robbed. This was not the typical break in, like what happened to my friend, Martha. No, this thief did not smash a window and leave a trail of evidence. This thief hacked into my bank, invaded my account and emptied my savings.

The bank had called this afternoon to say there was nothing they could do. Over the weekend, a collective of hackers that call themselves, ďNobodyĒ, had stolen thousands of account numbers from Strident, a US based security bank.

It wasnít just any savings account that had been robbed; this account had been opened, many years ago, for my granddaughter. Granny had saved that money for a college education; my Molly wants to be a nurse and go on the mission field when she graduates!

I scrunch my face in my hands and turn my thoughts toward Jesus. Nothing takes HIM by surprise. Even though my confidence is shattered and my bank account drained, God knows all of this. I will trust Him.

Allegedly, this hacker group had been able to get into the big security think tank because somebody in the security department had failed to properly encrypt client credit information. Iím praying for that security person; obviously, they will be losing their job. Everybody has moments when they could do more but donít. Rarely does that moment of slight do so much damage to so many. Bless their heart.

This, this, ďNOBODYĒ, has not only cost an innocent person their job but broken this old womanís heart and, Iím sure, many other hearts as well. I will trust and wait; and try my best not to be angry at this group of hoodlums.

Anger can lead to bitterness and bitterness can make a rift in my relationship with my Lord. I will not allow somebody elseís sin to harm my walk with God. Iím not ignorant of Satanís devices! Granny is way too experienced for that kind of tomfoolery! Sin is the gift that keeps on giving and this old lady is not opening THAT gift!

Sitting upright, I straighten my skirt. Molly will arrive in a few minutes and I donít want her to see me in such a state. Tonight was supposed to be such a great event; the night where, after years of planning, I revealed my secret savings account. Molly would have been ecstatic when I told her sheíd have the money she needed to pay for her first year of nursing school. Now, what am I going to say?

Years ago, when Molly was just a girl, she had told me she felt that God was calling her to be a medical missionary. Her eyes had shined with the glory of God as she had confided in me. Mercy! My old Granny heart had been so filled with thanksgiving and praise, I thought it would just POP!

Molly had said she had no idea how she would ever have the money to accomplish such a goal but she knew that God would provide a way. Hugging her close, Iíd prayed with her and said, ďIf that is what Godís plan is for your life, there will be a way.Ē That afternoon, Iíd opened the secret savings account.

This morning, all Iíd told her was that I had a very special surprise for her, a gift of great worth. Iíd gotten her a beautiful pink leather Bible to take to college and later, the mission field. In the front of the book, Iíd carefully penned my personal favorite scriptures; verses that had comforted encouraged and directed me through my own life. I was going to present it to her when I told her about the savings account.

The doorbell rang; I wiped my tears on my sleeve and turned the knob. Molly rushed into the room, grabbing my old bones and spinning me around in a happy dance, she exclaimed, ďGranny! You were right! You said if God wanted me to be a medical missionary, He would make a way! And He DID! Look! I got a full paid scholarship to nursing school; books, room, board, transportation, EVERYTHING!Ē

Tears of joy on her wrinkled face, Granny presented her granddaughter the pink Bible; a gift of great worth.

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Amanda Brogan12/29/11
Jehovah Jireh ... God really does provide for our every need! This story goes to show us that He sometimes provides in ways that we wouldn't have expected, even in the midst of tragedy.
Cute story!
C D Swanson 12/29/11
This was a really nice story that left me feeling good! Great ending, and Praise the Lord-He does provide for all of our needs doesn't He?
Good job - God Bless~
Helen Curtis12/29/11
This is so poignant and beautiful. I love Granny! I love her heart and her wisdom, the way she understands that her walk with God is vulnerable to others' sin, but only if she allows it to be! I love that she thinks of the bank employee with kindness, not anger. And I LOVE the ending! Our God does have everything in His awesome hands, and He will make a way for all things, for His purposes and for the blessing of those who love Him!

I love your writing style...my heart is singing ;-)
Jack Taylor 12/29/11
Great look into Granny's heart. I love the way God builds his surprises into life for everyone involved in wanting to follow him. He amazes us all with himself.
Allison Egley 12/30/11
:) Oh, I love this.

Nice way to wrap it up in the end. Though I do hope the MC (fictional or not :)) gets her money back. Nice job making the characters so easy to relate to.
Edmond Ng 01/04/12
No matter the circumstance, we can count on God to provide. This assuring message comes through in your story very well. Interesting read and nice plot.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/04/12
I love this story. It really tugged at my heart. Great job of writing a gripping on-topic story.

I was confused who the MC was. You switched from third person to first and back again.

The ending was great. I love the message that God answers prayers but not always the way we might expect. Nicely done.
Leola Ogle 01/04/12
What a touching, moving story. I just loved Granny's spirit and her outlook on things. I loved the ending and that things worked out for Molly. I agree with Shann though, on the switching back and forth between first and third person. Otherwise, a delightful story. God bless!
C D Swanson 01/05/12
Congrats! God Bless~
Amanda Brogan01/05/12
Congrats on getting Highly Commended! Granny's story is inspiring. :)