ISABELLA

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THERE WAS ONCE A GIRL NAMED ISABELLA WHO WAS HARDHEARTED WITHOUT ANY COMPASSION OR MERCY. HER ILL TREATMENT OF A STRANGER WHO IS REALLY AN ANGEL SENT BY GOD..RESULTS HER TO EXPERIENCE A SERIES OF REAL LIFE NIGHTMARES AND WHICH ARE ONLY ALLEVIATED BY HER PRAYER FOR FORGIVENESS....

Submitted: July 17, 2015

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ISABELLA

Once upon a time there lived a young woman who was beautiful to behold but her heart was of stone. She knew not what was love nor did she know about compassion. As she was rich, she often despised the poor and the downtrodden. It was not within her to contribute to charity or alms. After all she thought that the Creator should provide for them. Why should she part with her wealth and spend on the poor. No! It was beyond her. All she was interested in was sitting long hours before her mirror and admiring her beauty. She neither prayed nor did she remember God. Proud and vain, she took extreme pleasure in ridiculing those less fortunate than her. The servants at her house would be sure to stay clear of her for she had a very violent temper.

One day a poor stranger walked up to the house and rang the bell. Isabella saw a man dressed in rags extending his hand for alms. He looked her way and implored her to help her for he was poor. Unknown to her, God has sent forth one of His Angels in the guise of a man to test her. Of course, Isabella didn’t know that. And as usual she lost her temper and told him to be off. It was at this point that the person suddenly vanished scaring Isabella. She ran inside and locked herself in her room. Now when she looked into the mirror, she saw a hideous and ghoulish face staring back at her and saying “I am your soul.” She fell back in fright as the mirror cracked into a thousand pieces. Alarmed she tried to scream but noted that she could not. She tried to run but found that try as she wanted she could barely move. Her every step seemed to be so heavy and she felt that she could move no more. Then she looked towards her skin. It was wrinkled up. Now she was immensely scared. When she managed to open the door, her servants let out a scream upon seeing her. It was a terrifying wail which soon brought her mother and father to where she stood. Her mother fainted and her father let out a wild yell. Moving towards the mirror hanging on the drawing room wall, she at last saw someone old and very hideous looking back at her. Once again the mirror shattered into thousands of pieces. She felt an immense pain in her joints. It was as if they had been set alight on fire. She saw sores appear suddenly all over her body. They would itch and then burn. By now, her parents and servants had restored their composure. Isabella told her who she was but they did not believe her one bit. So Isabella was kicked out of her own house.

As she walked out of her house, she espied overgrown bushes near her house. She decided to seek refuge over there. She saw painful welts appearing over her hands and her feet. At last she collapsed and lost consciousness.

In her state of unconsciousness, she had visions of all the times and occasions when she had rebuked her servants and cursed and abused any poor person who had come across her way. And then she saw the scene change and reveal a deep pit lit by a raging inferno in which people were being roasted and burnt. They were wailing, moaning and screaming begging the Lord for Mercy and Forgiveness but none came forth and the punishment continued forever and ever. A gloating image of a devilish person suddenly appeared and said “This is your eternal resting abode”. She wanted to scream but she could not. Then the scene changed once more and there was a dark void in which she found herself. A light then seemed to illuminate this darkness and she felt as if compassion and love had suddenly overcome her. It was a very strong feeling. One which bought solace and peace with it. She heard the words “Ask the Lord for forgiveness” resonate over and over again. She suddenly woke up repeating the prayer for forgiveness again and again. In her heart, there was a strong urge and desire for seeking His forgiveness and her eyes were filled with tears.

Up above in the heavens, her prayer was accepted and the same Angel who had been sent to test her earlier on suddenly appeared before her. He took her in his embrace and squeezed her hard till she felt she would live no more. But then he let go and he disappeared. She looked at her skin and saw that the welts and sores had all disappeared. No longer was there any pain in her joints and her body. And neither did she feel any tiredness. The wrinkles in her skin had all disappeared and there was no burning or itching. When she reached home, her parents hugged her with joy.

Things returned to normal at last but Isabella had changed. She mended her ways and replaced her pride and vanity with humility, compassion and empathy. Isabella turned to God in prayer and thanked Him for all His Blessings and made it a point to help the poor and the less fortunate.

 


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