The writers have converged over at Kate’s and created masterful essays on this week’s one-word prompt, which happens to be RELIEF. When I saw the word the very first thing that popped in this 60-something brain was…
Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is!
Many of you are too young to remember this jingle that was used in the Alka-Seltzer commercials years ago!!! I shouldn’t give away my age like that, but we’re friends, right? Now, for some serious writing…10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Relief. Years ago I was strongly convicted to right some wrongs. I had done some really stupid, unholy things and the Lord told me it was time to make them right. It was before emails and Facebook – I took out paper and pen and began to write. I had four to send: my father, my ex, a former boyfriend, and a customer in our (at the time) fly-fishing shop. I let the words spill on the smooth surface of the linen stock – each one a confession. Each one a plea to accept my apology. I was a beggar looking for relief of past wrongs. The notes were impeccable, my heart laid out on each card. I carefully folded, sealed, stamped and prayed. Put the red flag up for the postman to pick up and send them off – my white flag times four.
I never heard back from one of them. I waited, expecting a response from at least one – but nothing ever came – except one thing…
My heavenly Father whispered into my heart, “Well done.”
HE gave me relief.
That’s what happens when we are obedient to His conviction.
HE IS THE RELIEF-GIVER!
Friend, if you need relief from something or someone, ask the Lord to show you what HE wants you to do, and, for heaven’s sake – GET SOME RELIEF!