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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Ding-Dong (05/16/13)

TITLE: Things Happen
By Patsy Hallum


What a Glorious day! It’s been rainy for days, I wasn’t expecting the sunshine when I left for Church. It almost blinded me with its glare. I found my sun glasses and put them on. “Now Lord, I can enjoy this beautiful day you have made for me.” I put the keys in the ignition and turned it. Click was all I heard. I tried again, nothing. “Oh, no, not this morning; I’ve got too much…” Oooops, my conscience caught me. God doesn’t promise us a life without problems, does he?

“I’m sorry Lord.” I got out my Jump Start machine. “I thank you Lord for this machine. It makes driving an older car a lot easier.” Carrying it to the front, I stubbed my toe on a rock. “Oh geez that hurts!” I limped the rest of the way, looking down at my toe to see if my hose were torn. Thank God, they weren’t; I wouldn’t have to take time to go back in and change. I hooked up the machine and started the car, put the machine away and once again, climbed in to get to Church.

As I backed out of the parking space, my neighbor came hobbling out of her house, waving her arms and shouting something. I pulled out of the street, rolling down the window to see what she wanted.

“Paige, before you leave could you come and open some jars for me? Do you have time?”

My neighbor and friend, Mary, had arthritis real bad and I opened all the jars and cans that her can opener wouldn’t open. I knew she was having company from out of town, why didn’t I think to offer help this morning. “Yes Mary, be right there.”

She had all the cans and jars that needed opening setting in one place so it didn’t take long to accomplish the task. We talked about company coming and her health, all in all, it took about ten minutes. I’ll be late for church again, I’m just about ready to go home. The car started without trouble. Hooray.

I turned on to Euclid Avenue. Hey, there are never this many cars here, I wonder what happened? As I moved up the street, I saw one wrecked car, already pulled out of the way. There was Jared directing traffic. “Jared, what happened?” I yelled at him when I stopped.

“Bad accident Ms. Mary; if you had been here twenty-five minutes ago you might have been in it. Four cars were involved.” He motioned me forward.

I pushed on the gas. If I had left home when I wanted to I would have been in an accident. “Thank You Holy Spirit, You knew I was in danger.” Just then, I heard the Methodist Church bells. Ding-dong, ding-dong, ding-dong. Then in the next block, the Presbyterian Church bell started. Dong—dong—dong—real deep and slow so, I was hearing ding-dong, dong, ding-dong, dong. Beautiful! I drove slowly to listen as long as possible; I loved the bell sounds. I was late already, so why rush. I got inside my church just as the choir started singing.

“Thank you, Lord God, for both blessings and lessons so far today.” I slipped into my seat, expecting to learn more.

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C D Swanson 05/24/13
This is a testimony to our Father who has a "reason for everything" including delays. Amazing story, praise God. Loved it.

God bless~
Sunny Loomis 05/29/13
Whenever I'm delayed, I usually wonder if God is protecting me from some accident. Good story. Thank you.
lynn gipson 05/29/13
God certainly does work in mysterious ways. Great job with this!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/29/13
You did a nice job with this. It's a great reminder about how many times God protects us without our even realizing it. I noticed you capitalized some words like Glorious and Jump Start that should have been a lower case. Your message is a great one and I thought it was an enjoyable read.