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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Obedience (01/31/05)

TITLE: Eventual Obedience
By Brenda Kern
02/05/05


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Eventual Obedience

G=God, M=Me (representing all of us...)

G: Faithful Servant, I want you to __________ and __________.

M: Excuse me; I wasn't paying attention. What?

G: I want you to __________ and __________.

M: Sorry to be a pain, but I'm not sure I heard You correctly. One more time, please.

G: I want you to __________ and __________.

M: What! You can't be serious. You want me to __________, AND __________?

G: Yes.

M: Are You sure You're talking to the right person?

G: Yes.

M: What I mean is, how about asking So-and-So, instead? He is much better at this kind of thing, really. What do You say?

G: I want you to __________ and __________.

M: Are You really sure You want me to try that? I've never done that before.

G: I'm sure.

M: I...I really can't. I'm a failure in that area. You know that; that's why this request is really surprising. Me?

G: Yes.

M: Doing that?

G: Yes.

M: Why me? Things have finally straightened themselves out in my life, and I'm settled in, and I don't understand this timing, I really don't.

G: "Things have finally straightened themselves out?" No. I have been moving on your behalf. Make no mistake about that.

M: Sorry, Lord. I didn't mean to be disrespectful. I just really don't feel that I'm good enough for the task You want me to undertake. I don't understand Your thinking.

G: Let me worry about the thinking behind this. You'll understand it in time. Now, I want you to __________ and __________.

M: Oh, this is a TEST. I get it! Like when You asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, even though Isaac was the promised heir.

G: Not a test. And even then, Abraham WAS going to take the life of his precious son, Isaac, just because I asked him to. I had to stop him. Now, don't change the subject. I want you to __________ and __________. Will you?

M: Well, how about this: I'll do the first part, and then we'll just postpone the second part, okay? And I'll do a super great job on the first part! And You'll be so pleased with my performance for You on that first request that You'll just waive that last requirement, okay?

G: No deal. I want you to __________ and __________.

M: Okay. I'll begin to think about preparing for pursuing the research into the possibility of approaching the beginning stages of ...

G: First thing in the morning, I want you to __________ and __________. I have prepared the way.

M: Okay. I'll __________ and mumble, mumble, mumble...

G: I didn't quite catch that. Repeat yourself, clearly.

M: I would really prefer to do only the first part. I want to obey You, I really do, but just the IDEA of that last part scares me to death! Must I truly do both of these intimidating things to fully obey You?

G: Yes, you must do both.

M: May I say "No" and still be Your servant?

G: [Silence]

M: [Crying now] I can't, I can't, I can't.

G: You CAN, or I wouldn't have asked.

M: [Silence, except for sniffles]

G: I want you to __________ and __________, and I will guide you.

M: But...

G: I want you to __________ and __________, and I will guide you, and you will not fail--it is needed for My Kingdom.

M: First thing in the morning? __________ AND __________? For the Kingdom?

G: For the Kingdom.

M: [In a tiny, petulant voice] Yes, but I don't want to.

G: I know.

M: I really can do it?

G: Yes.

M: And You'll be with me, every step of the way?

G: Yes.

M: What if it gets too hard? Can I quit?

G: Jesus did not quit when it got too hard. Do you pattern your life after Him, or not?

M: Yes! Okay, then. I'll try.

G: You'll DO, not try.

M: Yes, Lord, I WILL __________ AND __________.

G: Good. And I will bless your efforts. Sleep now, for tomorrow is the start of your new life.

M: [sleepily] ...new life, doing __________ and __________. Me! Thank You, Lord, for asking me.

G: And thank you, Child, for your eventual obedience.


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Linda Germain 02/11/05
This is so good!! Each of us could fill in our own blanks. It doesn't matter what He asks,we just need to DO IT. I love the progression to final obedience. Good job. :0)
Amy Davis02/13/05
That was great! Haven't we all had this exact conversation with God?
Deborah Porter 02/16/05
Brenda, congratulations on your 3rd Place win in the Editors' Choice Challenge, as well as your 1st Place in the Level 3 Champion Challenge. Well done. Now I've just got to work out how to set this out for the book. That will be a challenge all by itself. ;-) Well done! With love, Deb (Challenge Co-ordinator)