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Topic: ROAD TRIP (vacation) (07/02/15)
TITLE: I'm On Vacation
By LaVonne Wood
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“Can you help me with the children then,” replied Sharon. “Tanya needs to put her shoes on and Joey needs his teddy bear. I will get the rest of the food and supplies and we can be on our way.”
Driving down the highway with great anticipation and excitement, the family seemed to be getting a great start to their vacation, when suddenly---
“Oh no!” shouted Sharon.
“What?” Ted exclaimed. Thinking something serious was wrong he started to hit the brakes to avoid a catastrophe.
“I forgot my Bible.”
“Oh, is that all? We’re on vacation, honey. Just relax and enjoy yourself. You’re always reading that bible. God will understand. He knows you just need some time to have some fun."
“I guess you right."
They had only traveled a few miles down the road when they spotted a car with hazard lights blinking.
“I think they have a flat tire. Should we to stop and help them?” asked Ted.
“No,” she said. “I’m sure they have a cell phone to call someone if they need help. Why do you always think you have to help everyone?”
Ted gripped the steering wheel a little harder and quickly swerved to the other side of the road as they passed by the stalled vehicle.
“I just thought it was the Godly thing to do,” he said.
Sharon barely said another word the rest of the trip except to quite the children, entertaining them with games, and giving them snacks.
“Some vacation this has been.” Ted barked as they headed back home. “We missed our favorite camping spot, the kids were whinny all week, you hardly spoke a word, and I didn’t catch any fish. The campers next to us didn’t help matters much with their loud music and late night parties.”
About that time, the van sputtered a few times and died. Ted pulled the van over to the side of the road and put on the hazard lights.
“I think we are out of gas. This is just what we need after an already miserable trip. I’ll see if I can get someone to take me to the nearest gas station.”
They saw many cars pass buy during the next hour, but most barely slowed down. Ted dropped his arm down in disgust and said, “I can’t get anyone to stop. I wonder why,” he said, remembering the incident on the way down when they refused to help the women with the flat tire.
Ted and Sharon looked into each other’s eyes as they both suddenly realized their mistake.
“We left God out of this trip, didn’t we,” she said.
“Yes we did,” he nodded in agreement. “Now it’s time we get on the hot line to heaven.”
“I already did,” she said. I got His answering machine. God said He’s on vacation!”
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