Photo Prompt by: Douglas M. Macilroy
Every week 100 fictioneers gather around the water cooler at Rochelle’s place to share their scintillating stories based on a photo prompt chosen by Rochelle. This week I have a feeling the stories may take on a more frigid overtone but you be the judge! Click on the photo above and it will take you right to Rochelle’s site and the rest of the stories!
By JE LIllie
Proctor Johannes’ voice boomed out across the silver dome, “The Scripture has taught us that in the end all of creation would be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things would remain.
“We are that unshakeable thing! Look at us! What calamities have we survived? The Earth has spurned us and the sky has frozen us out, but we have not shaken! We are greater than the wrath of the Lamb.”
The congregation shrieked in approval. I stood in my usual corner as far from the proctor as I could. Meanwhile, the asteroid above moved into position to drop more of the wrath we were supposedly greater than.
I chose that day to flee to the mountains.
My sister and I were driving to the grocery store last night and along the way I got thinking about how ugly the start of Spring can be. The grass is still brown. The trees all look like dead sticks poking out of the ground. The streets are covered with sand from the winter road treatment. What snow is left is black with mud and nothing is left to cover the damage the winter storms have done to the forest. Still, people are outdoors in the evening raking and cleaning up the mess. The stores are filled with pansies and marigolds hoping to be planted and the maples are beginning to bud, promising that soon and very soon beauty is going to return to the Earth.
Seasons of transition in life, like in nature, are not so pretty. They can be discouraging because they leave us feeling naked, exposed, and feeling incapable. As we grasp to catch up with the next level of life the world around us can perceive us floundering gracelessly to make the leap, or at least that’s how it often feels to me.
Christianity, to me, seems sometimes like one long season of transition where my weaknesses are exposed and challenged and I am called to rise up to higher heights than I think myself capable of. It feels like I am constantly sweeping away last season’s sand to make room for some new planting of the Lord whose outline is yet to be revealed. Can anyone out there relate?
But I have been through enough of these seasons now to know that everything is going to be all right. The upheaval, the challenges, the feelings of being exposed and incapable all just go with the territory, They are things to be grinned at and borne with grace. The plans of God may not yet be fully revealed to us but that is to be expected. It is how God has made faith to work. What we can know in our seasons of transition is that like Spring our seasons of transition may appear at the first deformed and ugly but in a brief time they shall appear glorious!
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. Romans 8:16-19 NIV
It’s that time again folks. Click the icon above to go to Cee’s site and read all her contributor’s sharing points.
Here are my answers to Cee’s questions. Enjoy the sharing!
What are your favorite spices?
I absolutely love Curry! I am also a big fan of cilantro. Guac just isn’t the same without it. But this question has reminded me of a dish my father use to make.It was this awesome beef and rice dish mixed with Cajun spices. I am going to have to look that recipe up!
What object do you always have with you when traveling and why?
I always carry my Bible and a journal on my travels. Travelling brings so many new insights out of the Word of God and I find those travels give birth to some of my best writing insights.
What is one thing you love about being an adult?
I love the opportunities that are available to me as an adult that were not available to me as a youngster. Many of these opportunities have come as a result of “paying my dues.” in my early days I had not earned the right to be part of so many things that are now open to me.
What item, that you don’t have already, would you most like to own?
I would really like a better camera. What would Cee suggest? I would also like a tent.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I am so grateful that we had a great day at C.cada. 28 artists showed up to ply their trades and we accomplished a lot of work. some of our artist’s are working on a playroom at a local hospital. Others are doing a Christian book review while still others are working on poetry and music for an upcoming show. It is a busy but wonderful time of year. I am looking forward to making my reservations this week for my upcoming trip to PA!
Cee has asked us for close-ups!
You can check out others right up close by clicking the icon below
Here are some of my favorite close ups.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Early Bird.”
Here are my attempts to explore the morning light.
The winter sun rises in New England.
Spring sun rises over Whitney’s Pond.
Morning sun at Blarney.
Sun rise in Cork.