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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Appointment (02/09/12)

TITLE: Devine Appointment
By Tim Pickl


An epic struggle ensued that night between me and a desperate man who did not want to face his brother. Grassy stained elbows and knees flipped over and over as we wrestled. He refused to let go of me, and we ended up battling all night for control of the situation.

Repeatedly, I tried to warn him of an approaching hard deadline: I had to leave at sunrise for my next appointment.

Time was running out, but the desperate man absolutely needed an answer from Our Father. He would not let go of me, like a young child clenching onto his favorite toy.

That’s enough! I thought. The conflict needed to end, so I deliberately threw his hip out of joint. I begged him, “Let me go, for the day breaks.”

He adamantly responded, “I will not let you go unless you bless me!”
Ultimately, The Father blessed the desperate man through me—and changed his name. I am constantly amazed by Our Father: He always prevails.

Next, literally at the very last split second, I was transported to my next appointment.

“Yeah, Dan Devine here.” Dan paused, listening to a caller on the other end of the line. “Okay, that’s all really good and fine, but that’s not what your company promised when we hired you. This is completely unacceptable. I don’t appreciate people lying to me, especially on a very important Information Technology Enterprise project such as this.”

I stood in Dan’s large corporate corner office, near the door, waiting for him to finish his call.

“But, you must understand, sir, we’ve had appointments. We’ve had dozens of appointments with your company. I’ve been dazzled with updates and promises as you’ve strung us along. I am absolutely sick of the all-talk-and-no-action stance your company has taken with this project—and now you want to schedule another appointment? If it wasn’t so important—and we hadn’t signed the iron-clad contract—I would’ve recommended to the Board of Directors that we drop you like a hot potato… I don’t want to hear your excuses! Wait, can you hold on? …Thanks. Who are you and how did you get in my office?”

“I have been sent to deliver a message.”

“Ohhhkay? What is the message?” Dan held up his hand to stop me, his face turning red. “Hold on.” Clearly he was frustrated with what was happening. He continued his conversation on the phone. “Okay, since you cannot meet the deadline for the go-live date, I am going to recommend to the Board we charge your company every day for going past the deadline! Good day, sir.” Dan slammed the phone into its cradle, almost sending the base over the edge of his desk.

Arrrgh! I hate I.T. vendors. Such liars!” He rubbed is eyes with both hands—it was a bad habit he did to relieve the stress. He blinked a few times, looked up and focused on me. “Who are you? Did you have an appointment to see me?”

“Yes sir, I have an appointment to see you.”

“Let me double check my calendar. I could have sworn I was free this morning.”

“No sir—it’s not that kind of appointment—it will not be on any of your electronic calendars.”

“Huh? Who are you—I should call Security.” He reached for the phone.

“That will not be necessary.”

“Oh, yes it probably is very necessary.”

“I am a messenger, sent here by God.”

“You are…an angel? Oh, my…”

“Yes sir.”

“This is amazing…no, wait a sec—this is crazy. Okay, sure… right. You’re an angel? Prove it.”

“Your name is Dan Devine. You have been married for 10 years. Your wife is a breast cancer survivor—”

“All of those things are on my Facebook page.”

“When you were 7 years old, your father was dying. In his final moments, he blessed you and asked you to keep a promise.”

“How… How did you know?”

“He blessed you and your family to be healthy and prosper financially and spiritually. From the looks of things, the first two things have happened. You are healthy and have prospered financially.” I looked out the window at some downtown skyscrapers to give Dan a moment to process everything.

“So… your message is I need to return to church? I’ve been meaning to get my family back in church…I promised my dad...” Dan looked back, but I was no longer visible to him.

“Wow…” He reached for the phone and called his wife.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/16/12
Ohh this was good. I really liked the wrestling with the angel scene. You had a creative take on the topic. Though angel stories are common, I thought it was clever to tell it from the POV of the angel.
C D Swanson 02/16/12
This was so good! I truly enjoyed it from beginning to end. Nicely done - and well written. Clever use of topic. Thank you.
God bless~
Noel Mitaxa 02/16/12
Loved the telling of Jacob's fight with the angel from the angel's viewpoint - a fresh approach.
The switch to the present was very creative, though the parallel may have been even sharper if Dan had been the cheat as Jacob was.
But you've packed a lot of detail into the word-limit; so well done.
Leola Ogle 02/17/12
Loved this take on the topic. Well written! Oh, and Dan Devine-clever name! Made me smile-thought he was going to be a televangelist! LOL God bless!