It’s called Five Minute Friday. Each week, we write freely on a one-word prompt. Then we link up at the amazing Kate Motaung’s site. It’s a flash mob of writers- having fun and sharing their take on one word. This week’s prompt is FREE.
“Is this free?”
Her big brown eyes grew wide as she pushed the CD in my face. Sweat, sugar, and water balloons had plastered her blond bangs to her forehead. Her voice was a bit too loud after our “God’s Plan 4U” concert.
I switched my focus from her face to the pink jewel case.
FREE? My mind flashed to the hours spent hanging decorations, gathering supplies, organizing volunteers, and burning those CDs. That little girl didn’t know she was holding the blood, sweat, and tears of many hard-working VBS volunteers. I would never let on how tired and sore I was. She would never understand all that was spent for that digital give-away.
I sat down on a chair next to her and asked her if she liked VBS. “Oh, yeah!” she said.
“What did you learn?” I asked. I took the CD from her hand and rubbed my fingers along the shiny plastic.
She watched my fingers for a few seconds, then answered with her version of that lesson’s memory verse, “I learned that Jesus is the way, and the life. Oh! And the truth. No one gets to God without Jesus.” He voice had grown quieter, but steadier with each phrase.
Exhaustion allowed my tears to come quickly. I handed her the disk and wiped them away before she could see.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
“I’m so glad you came,” I said and pushed her hair off of her skin. “Yes, sweetie. You can keep that CD. It’s yours. I hope you enjoy it!”
I stood and raised my arm for a high-five.
She jumped to clap my hand, smiled, and ran off, ponytail swinging.
As I finished cleaning up, I thought about how sometimes things are free just because they’re free.
But the best things cost more than the receivers can ever understand.
Like a music CD etched with truth and life, and a cross holding the same.