I observed that on the other side of a river, was the most delightful paradise, which glowed with an unearthly beauty. The purple mountains were so majestic with a heavenly mist that rested over them. The hills and crags were a glorious green, like the highlands of Scotland in the spring. There were eagles flying at a greatly elevated distance. There was a palace in the center of the paradise, which seemed to be the gateway to Heaven itself. There were palm trees with coconuts in them leading up to the gates of the palace. Moreover, there were apricot trees, walnut trees as well pine trees and quince trees.
After my departure, Annie thoughtfully walked back to her room. The words turn around before it’s too late! echoed through her mind. What did my cousin tell me that for? She wondered.
After the years that had past, I came to the sagacity that Annie’s gentle, sweet heart was now pierced. The words I had uttered so long ago had slowly slipped away. I’m sure Annie didn’t forget them, but the words had simply flown to the back of her mind where they could not be reached. Now and then, they would come back.
Annie began to lose more and more hope. She felt there was nothing to live for anymore. As I observed her whereabouts, I perceived that everything she had thought would give her joy had departed and left her heart in shambles. I also discerned that in her mind, she was hanging onto the very edge of an illusory cliff. She sensed she ought to end her wretched and dejected life. She was hanging onto that cliff, which I dare not call an illusion again, anymore than I would call a dog a fish, for this was a cliff in which Annie’s eternal life or death would be decided. Could Annie hang on any longer? That, I could not determine.
Then, like a rush of water, the words I had spoken to Annie so long ago came flooding back to her memory. Oh, why had she not listened? I could not grasp the reason she didn’t pay me any heed. It was conceivably believed by me that it was because of her stubborn, egotistic pride. She knew it was all over for her, what should she do? I watched anxiously as her fingers began to loose their grip, she was slipping down, down to her death. Suddenly, two strong arms with scars on His hands lifted Annie up and carried her away to a steep mountain pass. I watched this scene unfold with keen interest as I beheld a rugged mount, which was cloudy and dismal and dark. The air was chilly, with an icy wind, which blew every now and then with a foul smell.
She was in a dark ally, all alone. She often came here to think.
There was nothing beautiful about this place. It was dark, cold, a large puddle at the entrance of the ally and graffiti all over the brick walls.
The girl, whom I will call Annie, sat down and cried. She felt extremely broken and wasted. Her face was full of scars, scarred from years of sin and guilt, scarred from people who had called themselves her friends. After awhile, Annie slowly made her way back home.
Once Annie arrived at her home, she quietly slipped into her room to find refuge, but all she found was tears and sadness. Suddenly, she heard the front door open and in I walked, for I being her cousin was a frequent at the house. Annie quickly ran out of her room to greet me, as I sauntered in, I perceived a pierced, sad and dejected look in my cousin’s eyes. I also concluded that she was trying to hide the wretchedness of her life from me. Did she not know that her smile and cheerful voice could not deceive me? For the eyes of an individual are the windows of his soul. Instead of greeting her with a normal, “Hello Annie! How are you?” I had a notion to tell her something, which I knew would greatly mystify and vex her. With that thought, I seized her hands in both of mine and told her very quietly, in the most serious tone I could muster, “Annie, turn around before it’s too late!” Thus, I dropped her hands and left the house, for with my mission being complete, I deemed it wise for me to withdraw from the house and make for my own home.
Hi there! I've been doing a lot of reading lately, and I just decided to do a series of posts about my reading list! So, every Thursday, I am going to write a post on what's on my reading list!
Do Hard Things: A teenage rebellion against low expectations - Brett & Alex Harris
I absolutely recommend this book for any teenager out there, even non-Christians. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone, even parents! Brett and Alex go through all the dangers of low expectations and then go to explain some ways that we can do something about it! Be sure to check out my 'Resources' page to find out more. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone, even parents!
Don't Waste Your Life - John Piper
This book, like "Do Hard Things" is highly impacting. It challenges people to 'not waste their life', you have one life to live, what will you accomplish? This life is short, don't waste it!
This Changes Everything: How the Gospel transforms the teen years - Jaquelle Crowe
This book is for teenagers and is absolutely life changing. Jaquelle goes through all the main shackles that teens have such as music, TV, magazines etc. and goes on to share how Christ and the Gospel can transform your empty life and make it whole, I totally recommend this book for any teenager who is struggling with this.
I usually have a long list of fiction stories I am reading, but right now I (very surprisingly) am not reading any fiction stories. Since I am (currently) not reading fiction stories, I will only give a list of suggestions of books I have read before.
The Mystery - Ray Comfort
A Lost Pearle - Lamplighter Publishing
Millie Keith: Millie's Unsettled Season - Life Of Faith Publishing
Millie Keith: Millie's Courageous Days - Life Of Faith Publishing
Well, I hope you've enjoyed this reading list, God bless you all and have fun reading!
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