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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Rest (01/17/13)

TITLE: Kept in his rest
By hazel moodley


Help me Jesus! Help me Jesus! I beg you Lord as I can not bear this weight anymore. Sarah cupped her quivering hands over her chest .She prayed intently with fear and anticipation. A deep pain loomed inside her. Her feeble hands shivered with intense crying. Her knees creaked in weakness as she had spent the last three months crying out to God earnestly seeking deliverance.

It was the beating in her chest that reminded her that she was alive. The last three months were devastating. Her once happy home filled laughter, love and family was invaded by selfishness and rejection. Coarse words with no remorse echoed through the walls of her marriage. He looked at her with fierce eyes and shallow judgment. ‘I don’t want you! It is over between us! Who would ever want you! ‘These sentences replaced till death do us part and for better or worse.

A gentle tap on her shoulder motioned her that their lunch hour was almost over and they needed to get back to work. Sarah had found a refuge in Anna’s home. Anna was her best friend, prayer partner and own personal shrink. Anna looked to Sarah and said, ‘I know my words may sound empty right now but rest assured that Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you. You have to keep going for the sake of your children and God will turn to good whatever the devil intends for evil.’ Rest! That seemed so far away recently. She would fall asleep but never slept.

How many times Sarah had echoed the very same sentiment of Gods promise to those in distress? She knew what needed to be done. Ignorance is not bliss. She had to know what was going on. Even as the motion of the car eased her tension , Sarah remembered her Sunday school lesson on Matt 11:28 (NIV) Then Jesus said, ‘Come unto me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest.’ Twenty fours years ago and the word came back like a flood.

He came home way past midnight. She stood in the bleakness of the dark and watched him sleep knowing that the truth she seeks overpowers the love she has for him. Sarah took the anointing oil, anointed his clothes with oil and prayed the deepest prayer she ever cried out and asked that before this present day ends, and before she puts her head on the pillow she must know the truth.

Her spirit knew a boulder would be crashing over her life but she would be rest assured that Jesus was her shield. All her life she heard about the covenant of marriage. Little did she realize one day she would learn that not all covenant makers understand covenant.

He was earlier than normal. The car parked outside the house and not in the garage which was a clear indication that this was no ordinary night. In the stillness of the darkest night in her life, his confession shattered her heart. ‘I am leaving you, I have found someone else and she is pregnant.’ Even as these words left his mouth, his eyes peered into the ground without remorse. God answered her prayer.

Sarah looked at him with a fierce glare. The truth set her free. Three months of misery, words of rejection and pain caused by the actions of a devious man was over. The chapter closed. He left her and her children.
The next day she set her hair and put on her makeup. She looked into the mirror and knew she is kept not in turmoil or in distress but in perfect rest by the one who heals her brokenness, never rejects her and never breaks her heart. Sarah found rest in Christ alone.

Based on a true story and names of characters have been changed.

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Bonnie Bowden 01/24/13
Only Christ can bring light out of darkness. How truly sad that anyone should have to endure such betrayal.

C D Swanson 01/26/13
So sorry for the MC and what she had to endure...but with our Savior, there will always be light, love, and healing.

A very well written and bittersweet story...May the Lord continue to shine His light on the MC and her children.

Thanks for sharing.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/26/13
This is a powerful story. My heart aches for the MC. You did a fantastic job in the beginning of showing the reader the conflict the character was having. Some of your transitions may have been a little rough, but overall you did a fantastic job on this piece. It hurts my heart to know it is based on the true story but also gives me comfort that the MC knows and trusts in Jesus.
hazel moodley01/27/13
Thanks to all for the genuine sentiment. I am the MC.

Its been 5 yrs and my daughters and I are still kept in Jesus' rest.

The best decision i ever made in life was to love my Lord Jesus. He is my all in all.

HE who started a good work in us is sure to complete it.

Michelle Knoll 01/28/13
Wow. You did a great job describing the emotion of this situation, the intensity of the struggle in the MC's heart. I was caught up in the story from the beginning. May God bless and continue to provide rest, and complete healing as well.