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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write in the ADVENTURE genre (05/24/07)

TITLE: Surprise Path
By Nicole Harkonen


Surprise Path
May 26, 2007

This morning, I was reading about a man God used to change the hearts and lives of many, many people in this world. Inspiration washed over me leading me in prayer with the Lord. “I would really like to be used in this way Lord. Allow me to be a blessing for your purposes. Mold me in to someone you can use to change the lives of your precious creation. Lord, I pray for an idea and the words for my “adventure” story. May you use me in this way?”

On a regular day if I was planning an adventure for myself and/or my family, I would begin by making a couple of lists. A list of pertinent items I would need to take along and a “to do” list. I would then get busy rounding up all the essentials and doing the things that needed to be done before heading out. Crossing out the “to do’s” has always brought me a sense of satisfaction so needless to say, writing lists are not a chore for me.

Today, God made it clear that I wouldn’t be the author of my own adventure. He promised an adventure all right but this adventure will be taking me to an unknown place. A place I knew nothing about. I would not be able to prepare with my handy lists and this brought feelings of uncertainty.

The adventure began as I was journaling my prayers. I started writing and the words came faster and faster. I didn’t think I could keep up with the flow but I did. All of a sudden, I stopped, “it” stopped and that was that, no more words came. I read what I wrote and realized that what I wrote was a song. “A SONG” - I said out loud with a surprised tone, casually looking around to see if anyone heard me. Why would God give me a song? This is supposed to be an adventure? Quietly, I mumbled “Ok Lord, whatever you want” I replied with a slight feeling of fear. Fear of the unknown was only one weakness of mine, yet I knew from previous experience that God would replace this fear with His peace, like he’d done already so often.

I love singing but…rather than sounding like a chorus of sweet robins, I make a noise replicating that of a squawking sea gull in pain. Personally, I would tune in to the song of the robin. This adventure continues as I question God about my non-existent musical background. “Lord, I’m not musically inclined. I can not sing. I took band for a year and attempted to learn the clarinet without a great deal of success, as you know. I’m ignorant when it comes to reading and writing music. Why would you use me to write a song? I want to be a blessing to others? None of this makes sense, Lord!” He whispers back a scripture. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55: 8-9 NLT

I know what I asked and I felt the all too familiar nagging of the Holy Spirit inviting me to be submissive. Without delay, I went to the computer, typed out the song and emailed my “musically gifted” friend, in search for much needed wisdom on what my next step should be in this fearful but exhilarating adventure.

My greatest desire is to be used by God, to be a blessing to others. This, without a doubt is an excursion I’m excited to be on. Thinking about this journey stirs up feelings of anticipation as I wonder what will be around the next corner. I don’t have a map, directions or even the destination for this adventure and that’s ok. I do know that the Lord is my compass and he will show me which way to go. In my weakness, I know His power will be the miracle and His kingdom will be glorified. (Little old me write a song, ya right)

The adventure continues…

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Jan Ackerson 06/02/07
It'd be great to hear your song! If you re-submit this to Regular Articles, maybe you'll include your lyrics there.

This would be even more compelling without the 3 paragraphs of introduction--just dump your readers into the adventure right along with you!

I hope your musically inclined friend can set your song to a melody.
Jacquelyn Horne06/03/07
God leads us in mysterious ways (to us). He's got it together all the time.
Kristen Hester06/03/07
Sometimes God calls us to do the unexpected. You're right--we only have peace when we obey. Thanks for sharing. I know the word count limits us, but I'd have loved to see the words of the song woven through your essay.
Kristen Hester06/03/07
Sometimes God calls us to do the unexpected. You're right--we only have peace when we obey. Thanks for sharing. I know the word count limits us, but I'd have loved to see the words of the song woven through your essay.