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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Bridge (07/31/08)

TITLE: The Way to Blessing
By Karlene Jacobsen


A silvery-white mist rose up from the gorge where Faith stood. “I can’t see the bridge anywhere!” Frustration settled in around her penetrating her once calm resolve. When she talked with Promise-keeper, there was no doubt at all that she could make it across to where Blessing waited.

“Where do you think you’re going?” Intimidation sneered.

“I’m going over there,” Faith was beginning to wonder if she really believed it herself.

“There’s no way!” He laughed. “You haven’t got the right tools, and there’s no bridge.”

Faith knew Intimidation wasn’t lying. It appeared to be true; she had no gear for mountain climbing. She could see no bridge. She closed her eyes as she remembered her conversation with Promise-keeper earlier that day. “I will meet you there,” He said. “You can trust Me; I will give you everything you need to get to Blessing.”

“I will trust You, Promise-keeper,” she committed.

“What are you waiting for? Are you afraid?” Intimidation interrupted Faith’s train of thought; taunting her. “Hey Mocker, come over here. We’ve got another one!” They joined together with one purpose, to keep Faith from reaching Blessing. Panic began to rise in her throat as they blocked her path.

“I will be with you always,” she heard a whisper in her ear. Quickly, she turned to see who was speaking, finding no one there but the scrawny leafless tree a few yards away. She was hopelessly alone.

“Maybe they are right,” her mind began to spin. “Maybe I don’t have what it takes.” Self-pity chimed in with Mocker and Intimidation; his voice sounding much like Faith’s own.

“Faith, don’t forget…Blessing is waiting and so is Promise-keeper.” There was that whisper again. This time, when Faith turned, Love and Truth were sharing a space under that weak looking tree. They drew her into their embrace then poured her a cool cup of encouragement from the water cooler they carried on their back.

“Yes, but they are on the other side of this gorge, and there is no way to cross,” Faith lamented.

“It’s true; there is no visible way to cross.” Truth seemed to agree with Faith. “Remember you must ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.’ ” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)

“Promise-keeper told me the same thing, it’s just so hard. I’m all alone out here.” Her mind began to clear. “Wow, this drink is great, may I have more?”

Love smiled, “Sure, drink until you are satisfied, but you are not alone. Remember the promise? ‘I am with you always, even to the end of the age’? (Matthew 28:20NKJV) It’s almost time to cross.” They must have talked for hours until Faith’s heart and mind were once again confident in Promise-keeper’s faithfulness.

“Will you go with me? With you, I feel so safe.”

“Of course we will.”

Just then, Faith looked into the distance and shouted, “I see the bridge!” as she took off running for Blessing, who was waiting on the other side. In her haste to reach the bridge, Faith did not notice Intimidation standing at the entrance to the bridge. She collided with him nearly knocking him off the cliff.

“Hello there Faith,” said Intimidation once he regained his balance. “I hope you’re not thinking of walking this bridge. The way is long and narrow you might fall. I am only thinking of your safety. Look at the bridge; it those planks are tied together with just a little rope. It certainly is a long way down, don’t you think?”

“Maybe you’re right, but I’ve got to try. Promise-keeper is at the other end waiting for me with Blessing. He said I can make it. It will just take some discipline and renewing of my mind.” Faith’s confidence regained, knowing Truth and Love were there to help her cross.

Truth grabbed Faith’s hand as they started on the bridge, “Be sure to ask for a drink of encouragement whenever you are thirsty.”

Love agreed, and the three of them set out across the bridge, certain that together they would safely make the journey.

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Yvonne Blake 08/07/08
An allegory! It reminds me a lot of "Pilgrim's Progress" or "Hind's Feet in High Places." I like your names.
Well written and good message.
Yvette Roelofse08/11/08
I agree with Yvonne. Very nicely done.
Dan Blankenship 08/11/08
I agree with Yvonne, reminds me of Pilgrim's Progress!

Good work.

May God bless.

Dan Blankenship

Pat Guy 08/13/08
What an awesome take on the subject Helen and you pulled it off very well! Good job with dialogue, atmosphere and message. You go girl!
Marlene Austin08/13/08
A beautiful allegory. Wonderful use of characters, and their counterparts. Very nice. :)
Helen Dowd08/14/08
I saw your querie on "Throw A Brick." I am sure you do not have to be a club 500 to post a link. Marlene has just helped me do it. So I am passing on the information she gave me. (After my comment on your story).

As for your story, it was very good. You must have at one time in your life read "Pilgim's Progress." This little allegory sounded like a modern version of that. If you want to know more about Pilgrim's Progress, and how you can read it on line, write me....Oh, and by the way, what are you doing in Beginners category? This story, in my opinion, tells me you should be away past "Beginners"...Helen

To Post A Story Link:

1. Open your story page, copy the URL at the top of the page (click
on the [F} next to the www. info)
2. Go to the hinting page and open a post
3. Click on the URL button (at the top, right of the upper box)
4. add an = so it looks like this [URL=] (no spaces)
5. Paste the copied URL after the =
6. Type the title of your story between the
[URL=http:www.xxxxxxxxxx123456] The Title of Your Story [/URL]
7. Click "submit"

I hope this works for you. Put it in the way you think is correct,
then go to preview and see if it comes up in the blue letters. If it
does, then you're ok, so submit. : )

Joanne Sher 08/17/08
A lovely parable with a lesson for all of us. Nicely done.
Gerald Shuler 07/07/09
This is far better than your placement indicates. You have a real flare for imaginative pieces. This one would make a good children's book for mid-school ages. Sort of a prep for Pilgrim's Progress.