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Topic: STORM (10/05/17)
- TITLE: A Stormy Adventure with Selah
By Jenny Fulton
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Erica saw them coming and bolted inside to take cover before their ominous presence arrived. She looked out the window and shuddered.
Her older sister, Selah, looked up from the book she was reading. â€œWhatâ€™s up?â€ she asked.
A low rumble of thunder answered before Erica could.
â€œItâ€™s a storm!â€ Selah jumped up from her comfy place on the couch and ran to the window, excitement bursting across her face.
â€œHow can you be so excited,â€ Erica moaned. â€œStorms are mean and scary and not fun and they make bad things happen.â€
Selah looked at her with a strange glint in her eyes. â€œHow would you like to see a different side to storms?â€
Ericaâ€™s interest was piqued. That question, coming from anyone else, wouldnâ€™t have much of a draw. Selah, however, wasnâ€™t anyone else. â€œAre you going to use magic again?â€
Selah nodded and held out her hand.
Fear and excitement, reluctance and anticipation, fought for dominance within the younger girl. Finally, she looked up, her face resolute even as the lingering uncertainty shown through her eyes. â€œLetâ€™s do it!â€
Erica took hold of her sisterâ€™s outstretched hand and watched as Selah tinkered with the pendant she always wore around her neck.
â€œMagic pendant, glow and glow and take us where we want to go.â€
With those words, the star-shaped charm began to sparkle. Then light burst out and swirled around them, wrapping them in a soft, protective rainbow. It lifted them off their feet and through the window, directly toward the towering thunderheads. But it didnâ€™t stop there. It went beyond the storm to the other side where it set them gently on the ground.
â€œWhere are we?â€ Erica asked.
â€œTo really understand storms, you need to know what is happening before you actually see them. So, we have gone back in time to the moment right before the storm was made. Here, put on these glasses. They will help you see things that we usually canâ€™t see.â€
Erica took the glasses and put them on. â€œWow!â€
The normally clear air was filled with tiny red dots. They swarmed upward but were stopped by a thick brown layer of something. Above the barrier, tiny blue dots were moving just as frantically, desperately trying to get below the brown layer.
â€œWhatâ€™s happening?â€ she asked.
â€œWell, the red dots are warm air. They are trying to go up, like they usually do, but there is a layer of dry air that isnâ€™t letting them. The blue dots are trying to go down, but they canâ€™t. You see, when God created the world, He made it so that everything works in an orderly way, but sometimes there are problems.â€
â€œLike that dry air getting in the way?â€
â€œExactly. When that happens, creation does what it needs to do so that it can return to a peaceful state. In order to get there, however, it has to make thingsâ€¦ not so peaceful. Watch.â€
The blue dots came together in one mass and thrust upward against the barrier. This time, they made a tiny hole. It was enough. The red dots and the blue dots forced their way through the opening, ramming into each other and creating a massive amount of energy that built its way ever higher into the sky. Within the cloud, Erica could see what looked like a beautiful and powerful dance of various colored dots.
â€œItâ€™s beautiful!â€ she exclaimed.
â€œDo you recognize it?â€ Selah asked.
â€œIs that really the storm?â€
Selah nodded. â€œNothing but a powerful display of energy, simply trying to make things right again. Come on, itâ€™s time to go to the other side.â€
The necklace sparkled and they were off. This time they landed right outside their door. The storm was over, the air clear and fresh with the scent of the earth permeating the atmosphere.
â€œIt did it! The storm did it! It made things right again!â€ Erica spun around with outstretched arms. But then she stopped. â€œItâ€™s still scary with all its power and loud noises.â€
â€œYes,â€ Selah agreed, â€œThings that powerful can be as scary as they are beautiful, but remember, even the worst part of the storm doesnâ€™t last forever. And, do you know who is even more powerful than the storm?â€
Erica thought for a moment. â€œThe One who made it?â€
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