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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Bold (emotionally) (08/30/07)

By Emily Blakely


The boss says to go, so I go. No job details given, but who am I to expect details? Never a dull moment going off to the unknown. The worker moves toward the door, then sees the man his boss has been sending for him to work with. They meet and proceed together.

Perfection, thatís what the boss wants, and this guy, Iíve never seen him mess up even once. He walks with such confidence and authority. Outside the sky is brilliant blue and although the workerís eyes wince at the sun, his senses are filled with air, fresh and invigorating.

The leader moves with long, steady strides, leaving the worker to scurry and try to keep up. I wonder what weíre going to look at today, in GREAT detail? It would help if he would let me in on it, but heís not going to wait around to explain things to me so, head íem up, move íem out.

They approach an area flowing with water. Wow, thereís a river, the most beautiful river I have ever seen. Just to be near it is refreshing. A perfect place for a little solitude and quiet, but that wonít be today. The worker is handed the end of a line and looks at it quizzically as his leader turns to move away.

Great! Heís headed into the water and weíre going to get our feet wet. The leader pays no attention to the water. It looks like Iím going to be the anchorman holding this line, maybe for measuring. I sure hope itís distance and not depth...I donít swimĖI sink.

The line goes taut, the leader records something in a book, then draws the worker through the water to him. The water is up to my ankles and is swift, but it feels kind of good. Ah-h this isnít too bad, he has one line end and I have the other.

Again the leader turns and moves away. The drawing motion is repeated and this time the water level reaches the workerís knees. Uh-oh, deeper water. If he would just say something, let me know why we are doing this, yet I do understand everything he wants me to do. Well, the reason had better be really good. If this keeps up Iím going to have to tell this guy I donít swim, then I bet heíll talk to me. Or, who knows, I may learn to swim yet! A smile comes to the workerís face thinking about it.

The leader does not seem bothered by the water in the least, just intent on his purpose. Oh no. Heís motioning me further out. I hope he knows these waters, Ďcause I sure donít. I canít think of anything Iíve done to make my boss mad; mad enough to (gulp) get rid of me. The chill of that thought made the worker wonder if his job is really worth this risk. Hey, self, donít get weak-kneed now, you can do this. Be bold! Maybe Iíll get a bonus or an award.

Awkward as it was for the worker, the two managed to work as a team, with the one leading the other to even deeper water. The worker thought: How strange, to be in this deep water yet I feel strong. He doesnít seem to be having any difficulty so Iíll keep following him, and Iím...Iím swimming! The leader smiles, eyes aglow.

Ezekiel describes a vision of the River of Living Water
flowing from the Temple in Ezekiel 47.
Who is the River of Living Water but the Lord?
He doesnít want us to just get our feet wet,
but rather to trust and be bold,
going deeper with Him as He draws us.

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Jan Ackerson 09/08/07
Nice allegory, and a Scripture I've not often read.

I don't think you need both bold and italics for the worker's thoughts. Just italics should do the trick. And a quick venture into past tense at the end threw me for a moment.

I felt the combination of panic and trust right along with this guy--well done.
Beth LaBuff 09/09/07
You have some excellent spiritual lessons in this well thought-out piece. You've done very well with your writing! This is very creative.