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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write in the HISTORICAL genre (05/03/07)

TITLE: Just Say Yes!
By Traci HAyes


Jesus said to Martha, ďI am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:25-26)

Martha said YES!

I think of how difficult it is for sometimes for us to say yes to Jesus. We enjoy watching our movies and our video games, listening to CDs and surfing the internet. We live today on a world of distractions. Saying yes to Jesus means that we have to somehow find uninterrupted time for God in our busy lives. Saying yes to Jesus means saying no to television shows, to parties, and to that one last game. It means, going to that place to find time with God and giving your time and yourself to Him for that moment. That is why Jesus went to garden alone to pray, so that he could have that time with his Father.

As I read through my Bible, I see that God used ďalone timeĒ to witness to Peter, James, and John. Jesus took them to the top of the mountain, where they could be alone and closest to God, and they were shown Jesusí transfiguration. In that place, Jesus ensured himself of the disciplesí full attention. In that divine moment, these three men were shown, without a doubt, that they had known Godís Son.

After the beheading of John the Baptist, Jesus got in a boat and went to a quiet area to be alone. The crowds followed him. It was in his own attempt to be alone, that he was able to perform mighty miracles including the feeding of the five thousand. Because of the areas distance from town, food was not plenty, so Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish to feed the multitudes. Had Jesus not gone to such a remote place to be alone, food may not have been so limited. Thus, the miracle would have never been necessary.

It was when Jesus got His disciples alone that he told them about the meaning of the parables. Everything had to be told in parable for those inside Godís kingdom to understand, but for those outside the kingdom to not understand. He wanted to talk to the disciples alone, without distraction.

Jesus never failed to find the most appropriate way to show His followers the true and mighty miracles that He was able to perform as the Son of God. Jesus sent his disciples out in a boat before he went up the mountain alone to pray. Later that evening, the disciples were struggling in the stormy waters of the sea, while Jesus (alone) sat on the shore. While telling the disciples not to be afraid, Jesus walked across the water- on top of the water- to climb into the boat with them. The winds died down and their eyes were opened.

Throughout the Bible, and perhaps throughout history, our heavenly Father uses aloneness to work through his believers. It is when you are alone, that you are able to hear His words and to hear your calling. It is through Christís aloneness that He was rejuvenated through prayer, able to contemplate miracles, and it was through His aloneness that He died on a cross to save us from our sins.

It is through our focused alone time with our Lord and Savior that we are able to have a true and meaningful relationship with Him. We are called to believe, just as Martha did, and to carry His truth into the world. I challenge you to say YES! To Christ and to evaluate your priorities. Jesus died because we were his priority. We need to say no to the world and glorify Him.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Help me find the time to be alone with you; to praise and honor and love you. It is not until I am able to turn off the TV, the cell phone and the computer that I am truly able to be alone with you. I pray that you help me to hear you in our alone time and that you let me know how I can carry your word back out into our world of many distractions. May your word be the word that leads my life. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Holly Jensen05/10/07
This was a very challenging piece. It is so true that we must find time alone with God. I would suggest giving the beginning a once-over. There were words that are said twice and one preposition should probably be changed fro on to in. Other than that, well done. God bless you for your willingness to challenge us.
Holly Jensen05/10/07
Hee, see, I make typing mistakes too. This article would make a good devotional piece, I'm thinking.
Donna Powers 05/11/07
You express yourself clearly and with conviction. Nice job!
Patty Wysong05/12/07
What a good reminder for us to make time, TAKE time to be alone with God. I agree with Holly, it's a good devotional piece. This was well thought out. Thank you!