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Topic: Life (06/15/06)
TITLE: Life at a Glance
By George Parler
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Whereís that scared little boy we know? Ah, there you are. Donít be afraid; you know I wonít hurt you. Come out into the light where I can see you better. I havenít seen you in a long time, although I still feel you around sometimes. Yes, I know youíve been hanging around in the shadows. Iíve kept folks away from you; I know how shy you are. I remember you being so quiet that you couldnít lead a silent prayer. Donít worry though; I do the talking now. Iíve gotten pretty good at it, too. Most folks never know youíre there, but I do. How could I forget you; weíve been through so much together. Shhh Ö. Donít cry. Those bad days are over, for good. I promise. For someone to get to you they would have to go through our God and me first. So donít you worry; He knows our name.
Oh, look Ö thereís that young groom. You were nervous about that wedding day, huh? But arenít you glad you didnít let those cold feet rob you of the best thing to happen in your life, except for God, of course. Thereís not a day goes by that I donít thank the Lord that you stuck it out. Where would we be without her? I donít even want to think about that.
Well, look who just showed up! Hi, Mr. Dad. Holding your daughter for the first time changed everything, didnít it? A life out of love. My heart races just remembering looking down into that little face. Yes, I remember you trying to keep the nurses from seeing the tears in your eyes. You werenít as macho as you thought, were you? The entire world changed when you became a dad. Remember how you struggled turning loose of that wild, self-centered musician, but I am so glad you did.
Whoís that longhaired bearded fellow on the back pew? Look at him; heís bawling like a baby with a death grip on that pew. Yeah, you just thought you were going to leave the same way you came. Even though the alter call had closed, you learned how the power of a song in Christ can penetrate a heart of stone. Turned your world upside down; didnít He? But, oh, how much lighter and complete you felt that day. Even though you learned to walk by faith and not by sight or feelings, didnít it feel wonderful? I get goose bumps just remembering that day.
Is that wedding bells? Yeah, look at you in your suit walking your baby girl down the isle. Didnít seem like she shouldíve been old enough for that yet, but working away from home so much allowed her to grow up fast. And there you were with tears again. The Lord sure turned you into big crybaby, didnít He? Thereís nothing to be ashamed about, trust me. These eyes stay lubricated and for all the right reasons. But you did have regrets, didnít you? Missing so many of the important things with your family, telling yourself you were trying to make a better life for them. Did you? Would things have been better being home more and bringing home less? I guess weíll never know now.
Well guys Iím going to have to finish getting dressed. Going to visit the grandkids. They need to see their Paw-paw Ö the truth of the matter is their Paw-paw needs to see them. Of course they know that they have me wrapped around their finger, but I donít mind. Iím doing my best to teach them the things weíve learned together. What curves to avoid in life, which roads are the hardest and most importantly which one is the straight and narrow.
I canít wait to see what God has in store for the rest of my life on earth, so step up to the line boys, and Iíll race you to the end.
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