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Topic: Write for the FANTASY and/or SCI FI Genre (10/16/14)
- TITLE: Wormhole!
By Cheryl Harrison
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My problem began one year ago after moving to a new city. Thus, my drive to and from work increased by about twenty miles, and my encounters with lunatic drivers increased as well.
I may be insane, but these people seem to be competing for the title of "The World's Most Dangerous Driver." Just last week, a car shot across three lanes of traffic into my lane, only to come to an abrupt stop in front of me. Why did they do this? I don't know. I guess they believed that they were the only car on the road. Obviously, my quick reaction avoided a collision.
Each evening, the safe haven of our dinner table becomes the place to share our daily traffic woes. First, my husband tells me about his near death experiences, and then I tell him about mine. A few weeks ago, we decided that all vehicles should be equipped with a "wormhole" button. Then, each time we encounter a bad driver we can "wormhole" them to some distant location. Of course, the wormhole button would have various levels. For example, if we encountered a minor driving offense, the wormhole button would send the driver to the next city. However, if we encountered an extreme offense, especially one that required a horn honk, the wormhole button would send the offending driver to another planet. Get the picture?
Needless to say, we have enjoyed our wormhole idea. Now, whenever we see bad driving, we push our invisible button and say, "Wormhole to...," and then fill in the blank with an appropriate location. During the past week, I have sent a few drivers to Siberia, Saturn and Mars. The previously mentioned offense, which required me to slam on my brakes, received a "nuclear" wormhole. I wonder if that particular driver enjoyed his trip to the surface of the sun?
As this wormhole idea swirled around my brain, a spiritual application emerged, and I had to ask myself an important question: "What would happen if all cars were equipped with a wormhole button?" After much thought, my zeal for justice faded into the sudden realization that someone might use their wormhole button on me.
I was reminded of the adage, "When you point your finger at someone, you have three fingers pointing back at you." Thus, an important lesson came to mind—Go ahead and push your wormhole button, but sooner or later someone will wormhole you!
Matthew 7:1-5 (TLB) says, "Don't criticize, and then you won't be criticized. For others will treat you as you treat them. Any why worry about a speck in the eye of your brother when you have a board in your own? Should you say, 'Friend, let me help you get that speck out of your eye,' when you can't even see because of the board in your own? Hypocrite! First get rid of the board. Then you can see to help your brother."
John 8, has a similar application to my situation. If you are familiar with the passage, you remember that Jesus encountered an angry mob who questioned him about stoning an adulterous woman. His answer to them cut like a knife..."Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."
At this point I surrendered the wormhole idea to the Lord. Since I am guilty of my own traffic offenses, I have no right to send anyone to Siberia, Saturn or Mars. I guess this is where Ephesians 4:2 applies... Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
The Scripture rings true, but I must confess there are days when I'd rather have a wormhole button.
Well, I guess that's it. Thanks for listening to my rant. Someday I promise to repay your kindness, but for now... drive safely and avoid wormholes!
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