C.cada is a community for Christian artists to get together and practice their art work whether it be writing, painting, pencil drawings, water-color, photography, wood carving, musical/instrumental, fabric art, etc. Pastor J of Lillie-Put is the founder of C.cada (Cornerstone Christian Artist Day Apart). Pastor J gave us a flash fiction writing exercise in which we could choose one of the three photos he displayed as prompts and write a short story 200 words or less. Pastor J will be posting other stories at Lillie-Put sometime in the future. This was the prompt I chose.
By Deb Maciorowski
I could no longer wrap my mind around the recent events. Inconsolable and unable to fathom what transpired less than forty-eight hours ago. Would I ever understand? How could I?
As I walked along the path my mind was flooded with His words. ‘I’ll never leave you nor forsake you, His enduring love, He is faithful till the very end, My grace is sufficient …’
“STOP, JUST STOP!!! I know what Your word says but really, God? Why? So young and her whole life ahead of her and now, she’s gone…”
“Child, I know you don’t understand! But what you need to know is her smile touched the hearts of many souls. Souls that might not have ever known Me. People often wondered how she could be so happy. Her answer emphatically was, ‘I have Jesus in my heart, don’t you?!’ ”
“But, Lord, why my baby girl?”
“Whose, then? Your sister’s, your neighbor’s, or the sweet little one in the bed next to hers? You see, I heard your cry for mercy the other night. ‘Lord, take her before it gets really bad. Don’t let her suffer.’ ”
I knelt and prayed, “In Your strength then, not mine, Lord!”