Writing Fiction posted May 2, 2020

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Found It--Writing Prompt

A World of Colors

by Rosemary Everson1

Found It Contest Winner 

Life is full of wonders, memories, thoughts, and colors.

Have you ever watched a child draw his or her hand? They use a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil. They trace each part of their hand and finger carefully; holding their hand so still it will not move. As a child draws their hands on a sheet of paper, it shows me God's handiwork when He created those hands.

When a child finger paints, they use their fingers or hands as a paintbrush. They make colorful designs. One of the designs is a rainbow. A rainbow usually consists of seven different colors. These colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, dark blue and purple. As a child draws a rainbow, it shows me all the colors a child sees around them.

As we speak, there are several children painting, drawing, or coloring. They are becoming the budding artist. How does this child get started to become an artist--anyone can paint or draw. It's just a matter of developing the talent. It's like playing a musical instrument--practice every day and you will find it gets better and better. Write every day, and you will notice a great improvement.

When I venture into the world of colors, I can find intriguing subjects. I look at a canvas painting and it shows me modern art. When I view a budding artist whose painting a child, young adult, or teenager eating ice cream, it shows me something yummy!

As I look at a finger painting of a child praying, it reminds me of "The Praying Hands."

I was given a piece of artwork a few years ago. It was a white paper sack tied with a curly ribbon. On the white paper sack, a child had traced, cut, and colored an object. This child had written her name on the sack. As I opened the paper sack, inside were various items. There was a piece of paper inserted--the words that were written were inspirational:

A rubber band--to keep the hearts tied together always.
A candy kiss--to say thank you for all your love.
A penny--to say thank you for sharing my thoughts and letting me know they are important to you.
A warm fuzzy--to make you feel good when you are sad, like you always do for me.
An adhesive bandage--to say thank you for all the times you make my hurts feel better.
A facial tissue--to say thank you for the times you dried my tears.
A piece of lifesaver candy--a circle to show that my love for you will never end.

How can I ever express the feelings that I experienced when I read these words? I can't....because they were and are priceless.

Today, as I sit and write this story, I look at a framed work of art, which holds the reading "Footprints." It says everything about what God means to us as children, teenagers, and adults.

"One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each sense, I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints. Other times there was only one set of footprints. This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, I could only see one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord, "You promised me, Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I noticed that during the most trying periods of my life, there is only one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I have needed you the most, have you abandoned me?"

The Lord, replied, "My child, I love you and would never leave you. The times when you have seen only one set of footprints are the times I carried you."

During the world's pandemic, every morning I thank God for each day He has given me on this earth. God has given me the knowledge and understanding, the confidence to put my thoughts on paper--whether it's been in drawings, paintings, or writings. He has never abandoned me with his God-given talent and understanding love.

When I hold my grandchildren and great grandchildren's hands, I know these hands will someday be an artist, musician, writer, dancer, teacher, medical worker, or probably some other interesting field of their choice. God has given us choices in life. There are countless blessings.  His great gifts are life or eternal life if we follow Him.

This writing prompt is about a character finding something of value.  Just this week, I was searching for a novel which I had written and gave to a very dear friend. She passed away a few months ago. I never thought I'd ever get it back.  But going through a stack of leftover books, there on the bottom, was the book.  Guess what?  I smiled with joy!  Found it!  God had not abandoned me.  He was searching with me every step of the way so it would find its way home again.

Even though we are experiencing trying times during this pandemic, God blesses us.  Never take life for granted.  Life is very precious.  This I know!

Writing Prompt
Write a story where your character found something that impacts his or her life. Maximum word count: 2,000 words.

Found It
Contest Winner

Word Count-850+. This writing prompt begins with my point of view; seeing and reading about objects created by children in drawing, painting, and tracing. I express the artwork which is being created and also the gift of God's given talent--writing.

Toward the end of the prompt, I mentioned about a novel which I had written a few years ago. I had given a copy to a friend and after her passing, I found it! After searching through some leftover books, there it was, on the bottom of the pile. God did not give up on me again! He was there every step of the way. I feel if we believe and trust in Him, we will make it through this pandemic crisis.
Life is a choice that we each can respect; lovingly and thankfully.

The character in this writing prompt is yours truly; me. It's fictional.

I'm thankful even though I have had my difficult days.

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