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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)

TITLE: Two Views, One Picture
By LaNaye Perkins


The clouds were heavy that day. Gloominess crept in like the dampness from the rain. You would think it would hinder a person’s mood. Not her though. She was sitting by the large picture window in her favorite chair. Humming softly while she worked at her craft. Pausing from time to time to look over the hills and treed that lay before her gaze.

She was meticulous with each stitch she embroidered. Each one was neatly done, very tiny, and uniform in size. The pillow case she was working on had a beautiful floral design. With the vibrant colors she used. The pattern starts to come alive. As the moments pass. More life begins to be stitched into the cloth.

You would recognize the tune she hummed. It’s an old hymn from way back. She is at the part that says: “Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow. I’ll go with him, with him, all the way”.

Looking down at her embroidery. She sees the neatness of every stitch. The picture is very clear and neatly sewn with the threads. Yet she knows without looking, that the underneath is much different. Looking from below this beautiful embroidery is chaotic. It’s picture much less defined, even messy.

In her understanding she sees a comparison to her life. God looking down from above can see clearly. Each stitch he places makes perfect sense. He’s meticulous with how it’s placed. Knowing in the end the picture will be perfect. She can’t see a true picture from her perspective though. She knows that she sees her life from the underneath. It often seems chaotic, even messy, to her.

She continues to softly hum. The words of the old hymn floating unsung in the air: “Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow. I’ll go with him, with him, all the way”.

Yes, she will follow him. For she knows that God can see the picture he’s creating in her life. That he is creating one of beauty for her. All she needs to do. Is trust him as he completes it.


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Jacquelyn Horne02/16/07
Wonderful thought. Well written.
Jan Ackerson 02/21/07
I like the way you appealed to several senses here--I can visualize her meticulous stitches and hear her humming. Nice.

Be careful of sentence fragments. A few, for effect, are fine, but too many and it begins to read choppy.

Nice lesson, and very promising writing.
Terry R A Eissfeldt 02/21/07
I was caught into the story right away. I wonder, though, what has happened in her life for her to be singing the hymn and connecting it with the embroidery - I wanted to know more. Well written, thank you.
Myrna Noyes02/21/07
Your opening paragraph was so nicely done! I agree, though, that the use of so many sentence fragments in your story made for some choppy reading that distracted a bit from the excellent message. I'd like to read more of your work!
Patty Wysong02/21/07
So nice! I love thinking about that analogy when I stitch...it's a very comforting one for me. I could hear her hum.
Joanne Sher 02/21/07
Great description and details. I was also distracted by the sentence fragments some, but this was a WONDERFUL message explained clearly.
Julie Arduini02/21/07
I agree with the other comments. The message was wonderful, the title was great, and fine tuning those fragments and you're well on your way!