A dark story tinged with death, a Japanese typhoon, and 160 words to tell a captivating story. What’s not to love about this week’s Flash! Friday Challenge?
Typhoon Maid Thursday. CC photo by Shuji Moriwaki.
“After rain comes fair weather.”
The sky was a livid shade of grey, pummeling the earth with torrential rain. Akane’s heart surged with excitement as the wind ripped angrily at her hair.
The storm was coming.
She had never understood her name. Akane meant “angry child,” but she had always been a dutiful daughter. Sweet and docile, in spite of the years of unspeakable abuse.
But a broiling anger had always simmered just beneath the surface. As she grew older and began to discover her uncanny ability to control the weather, she had understood the importance of managing her feelings.
Her parents had betrayed her, told the authorities about her gift. They tried to tie her down… to stop her with nerve gas. Her rage swelled, and so did the tempest.
Crack! Sharp pain… her blouse darkened by a deep, red blotch.
The angry child slumped quietly into oblivion, taking the tempest with her.
“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”
It is often tempting to simply give way to our feelings and allow our emotions to dictate our actions, especially when we have a good reason to be angry. However, just as Akane learned (the hard way, I might add) allowing anger to steer our course will only set our life on a path headed toward bitterness, heartbreak, and utter destruction. Instead, by learning to take our anger and frustrations and put them directly into the Lord’s capable hands, we can find lasting peace and a solace from the wild tempests of life.
“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
I Peter 5:7