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Little Rebecca at God's Precious Well ~ writing challenge response

Updated on July 4, 2016

Her fist clenched as if to make a statement, Rebecca stood at the shores brink. She had run ahead in a purposeful independent sprint, anxious to get there in time to make her wish.

She was, but twelve going on thirty, her ponytail blowing in its youthful frolic just to the side of her sweet determined expression filled the face. The sun was bidding its final farewell, at least for this last day of her family vacation. The little girl had such a joyful week, playing in the sand, throwing her developing little body into the crashing waves. She was like a dolphin as she whisked herself into the rhythm of the ocean.

Earlier in the week the mother watched her little girl from under the umbrella in awe of the beautiful dance unwinding before her. At times she seemed to float atop the wave crest-like a ballerina, then in the next minute, she would flail with a childlike giggling. She was on the cusp of becoming a young woman. It was so obvious in the ebb and flow of the oceans waves as they gently, and at times forcefully moved her about.

Rebecca was an adventurous little soul with a loving and serving heart. She like so many her age had desires to make a difference in the world. She was at the point of wanting to be held tightly while at the same time eager to break free like a little lioness ready to explore on her own.

She was an active little thing and happy, for the most part, however, she had a silent battle all her own and no one could understand completely how her mind attempted to process things beyond her emotional age. She struggled with the why and the why not’s like we all do. She needed to figure things out for herself and she would do just that. At times she would put her little hands over her ears and shout la, la, la, la, la, meaning, I can do it, or give me a minute I will get it.

From the age of eight she tried to grasp an understanding of why mommy’s had to get sick. She was frustrated and this made her mad, as the situation would at times steal precious moments from her childhood. She wanted to change the circumstances and yet felt powerless. She missed her mom having the energy to jump and run with her, the energy she had just a few short years before. Rebecca was disappointed and yet so gracious beyond her years, not to shabby for a girl with a preteen brain and all that comes with the normal hormonal confusion.

She often talked of wanting those times back, so did her mom. They had learned to compensate and use the nickels God gave them to use each day. They respected the balance, however, they were sadly left wanting just a few more energy nickels to spend, even more so, on the special days. They also realized sometimes the slow- down times gave them points of connection that in themselves were so very special and important, times they may not have had if in the fast lane.

In her little body things were stirring much like the little ripples of the sea she was now standing in ankle deep. She stood with a beautiful defiance in her stance to claim her moment. Little did she know her new sneakers would not recover as well from her decision to jump right into her scenic experience. Her mom looked on with a quiet smile in her heart, as she loved seeing the bold action her little one was making this proclamation, while also knowing the meltdown that would follow when she discovered her favorite new shoes would not recover as well from their seepage into the sea.

She spoke openly yet quietly under her breath so no one was in her conversation with Him. She looked straight ahead into the setting sun as if she were looking directly into the face of God. The minutes appeared to pass by slowly as her mother watched from the side. She saw her lips moving up and down, she could even see the animation in her story, but there was no audible account of what was said, she kept that to herself.

Oh to see the wonderment of growing up right before your eyes. To see a little one take her place in the purpose of God’s perfect plan.

She changed that day she was now on her way to her own journey and her beautiful destiny. She would in years to come see the valleys and the peaks were necessary, to get her where she was supposed to be. She would come to understand the reasons for the seasons in her life, growing less afraid of the confusing times and basking in the joy of the armor that helps her to crash the waves.

Maybe she introduced herself to God that day? Knowing he already knew her a mother found it so very sweet, but to see her do it in her own way, was like seeing a baptism in His creation, His palette, a little girl and her Jesus, what is more perfect than that?


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      The Stages Of ME 2 years ago

      Skye ~

      Thank you so much, your comment warms my heart as I reflect on this writing the joyful tears swell again. You are so sweet and encouraging in your words. Manyblessings to you always.

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      skye2day 2 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Precious stages I am not sure of the challenge but it looks as if many jumped into the offer to write about the picture. I do know I really enjoyed reading tyour story about Rebecca and how in few words you described her emotions and her playful and transparent personality. Only a mother could pick up on her little girls emotions so keenly. Thank you for sharimg your talent and the artist she has a beautiful gift to behold. God Bless you stages. May this year be blessed in the favor of God in all of your comngs and goings. Shalom. I love ya, Skye

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Tillsontitan,

      Thank you for the kind words and for seeing into my heart, I love that you got it :)

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      A totally different take on this challenge and one that has us all thinking of the moment we perhaps grew up or met our God. You tinged this with sadness but ended it with joy.

      Voted up, awesome, interesting and added to my hub.

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Jamie thank you so much

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      A very well written and enjoyable story. A wonderful addition to the challenge. Jamie

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Harishprasad ~

      Thank you for you sweet and touching comment, it has warmed this mother's heart. I have had a chance to read your response and enjoyed your poem I added it to my page referencing Ann's beautiful challenge. Blessings as you write on.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Words I put onto this hub perhaps vanished. I can't recollect exactly what I wrote but I try. The Stages of Me, this is a wonderful response to the challenge thrown by Annart. An insightful peek into a kid's mind and beautiful anticipation of her moulding life on her own terms. Though tiny but very profound and deep in it's import. Loved reading this beautiful hub and relished with all my heart and soul. Thank you. Voted up and shared.

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Dearest Faith

      Thank you, I have missed you. I have not been here on hub to much until more recently. I have been battling in the health area, as I know you surely understand. But, our God is so good and I am getting there. I love when I am feeling up to getting out and sharing in His beautiful world. I love the mission fields He places us in each day. He uses every minute of our journey in amazing ways. I love the people we get to meet along the way. The people and their stories, life is such a gift and the after is going to be AWESOME... can't wait to share stories on the flip side.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      What a wonderful peek into a kid's mind and anticipating a glimpse of what would be her priorities to mould her life on her own terms. The Stages of Me, though a tiny one , it is a profound, deep and thought provoking piece. A beautiful response that I relished much with all my heart and soul. Thank you. Voted up and shared.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      You are most welcome. I think if one follows the heart with good intention then you can't go far wrong.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I love your beautiful story and I believe you have met the challenge in writing words to capture Ann's beautiful painting. Beautifully written.

      Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning and sharing

      Blessings

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Ann

      Thank you so much for that affirmation today. You have no idea how amazing it was for me to see your comment. It's not that you affirmed my piece, rather you affirmed my walk in life.

      As a mother, wife, friend and most importantly a child of God. I often wonder, am I doing what I should be doing this day. Although my skills may be lacking my heart is what guides me. Your painting inspired me and so many others. It is truly a beautiful piece.

      Some days we begin to believe the words we share, either in the written form or from our mouth's directly, have purpose. But we wonder is that purpose my own or given by divine intervention? Deciphering that answer becomes tricky at times.

      The should I have, could I have, is a constant with many of our life journey's? I choose to believe that to share our heart is best. We need to share with truth and love, always praying that the inspiration that jolts us into action is exactly where we're meant to be and what we're meant to do.

      Trusting we are being led and always inspired for a purpose is a journey in and of itself. Regardless of whether we see the fruits, we should continue to plant the seeds.

      Blessings to you Ann and thank you so much for your kind words and beautiful art piece.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      This is beautiful. You said in your email that you're not a writer per se. Well, I think that contradicts this piece!

      This is a wonderfully fresh interpretation of my image. I've often wondered what my daughter was thinking when she was standing there. I should ask her! She might remember.

      Thank you for responding to my challenge. I love your writing and the mother's aspect is such a great way of presenting this. Your link will be on my hub of course.

      Well done!

      Ann

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Thanks Cam ~ sometimes we want to freeze the moments and yet then we would miss the next. It is such a beautiful journey. Thanks for reading, I have enjoyed the stories from the challenge fun to see the different approaches. So cool :)

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

      I remember watching my sons pass into different stages of their lives. Actually, one is working on another stage right now, at age 26. It is a beautiful thing to watch. This story is so tender at times, showing the child become more than a child, to grow up just a little before our eyes, and to seek a power greater than herself for help. Thanks for taking on the challenge. I will post a link to your story on my answer to annart's challenge.

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Thanks Jodah ~ I have been ill lately and just getting back in the swing of things, I have much work to do :) Thanks for the read and encouragement.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      The Stages of ME, this is a beautiful "awakening" of Rebecca. You rose to the challenge too. Well done.

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Thank R.Q. ~ I added using the link on the side, It worked YAY. Learned something new today. I will try to do what you said as well always learning. LOL

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Thank you for reading and commenting, I would love to link to the other articles on my page, how do I do that?

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      A lovely creation of Rebecca you've created here The Stages of ME and happy to place a link to your Hub on my Hub also.

      Thank you for the the read.

      Best Wishes;

      R.Q.