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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)

TITLE: Lessons Learned in the darkness
By Sara O Rodriguez


Lessons learned in the darkness

Dark clouds appeared in the horizon of my life, one day.
So dark I couldn’t make myself see His light.
A battle for my soul ensued and I didn’t know where to turn.
It will all work out for the best,
you’ll see, is what they all would say.
In my heart of hearts, I knew it was true,
but my mind refused to believe.
Doubt and fear became my constant companions,
as God seemed very far away.

“Why?” I asked. “Are you angry at me?”
“Have I’ve been so bad?”
“I don’t understand;
why I’m in this dreadful place?”
“It’s only a trial,” I would hear the LORD say.
“Be still,” I would hear Him whisper.
“I’m in control,” He would reassure me.
“Let me fight your battle,” I heard Him plead.
“Don’t believe the lie,” He commanded me.
Still I struggled, feared and fought.
The more I struggled the bigger the pit I dug.
Thoughts too hideous to utter, invaded my tortured mind.
Waves of terror, and pain crashed against my being

The pit was so wide, so deep, I prayed, “Lord would you take me home?”
“Do not be afraid, nor dismayed,” I would hear Him say.
“Be of good courage,” He advised.
“Wait on me,” He pleaded.
“Don’t look at the pit,” He admonished.
“I love you,” He consoled.
“I am with you, do not fear,” He assured.

“LORD!” I cried, “I have no strength.”
“Hold on to me, let me carry you to safety.”
“Lean on my promises for they are true.”
“My word will never fail you; it will stay firm,
It will accomplish that which I send it to do.”

“But what about these thoughts, Lord?”
“My love for you is greater than that.”
Again, I would plead, “but what about this other one, Lord?”
“Can you forgive such a thing?”
His seemed sad at my unbelief,
“my love is greater than your sin.”
“Nothing is going to take you away from my love.”
“I’ve bought you with my own blood.”

I beheld the weighty hammer pound nails through His precious hands.
The sound pierced through my very heart.
With a crushing thud the cross fell into the ground.
Agony contorted His holy face,
“Just for me! Just for me!” I cried,
He suffered it all, just to set me free!

He looked and saw my tears; my need was vast,
My arms grew weary; fierce was the battle within.
He dispatched His angels; gave them charge over me
Provided rest in the mist of the storm,
Kept me safe ‘til it was past

He healed my soul from pains of old.
Forgave the sins I’ve done.
Tears of grief He tenderly wiped away
Loving me in spite of myself

The storm clouds dispersed; the sun shined through,
Bringing light to my once dark world.
He put my life together again; more than that,
Made it new and complete, the way He created it to be.
“You are my child, never forget,
I will be with you ‘til the end of time.

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Chely Roach02/28/08
I liked this--very nice.
Deborah Cooke02/28/08
Thanks - Great to relfect on
Beckie Stewart02/28/08
I could relate to those dark feelings of despair and seeking the Lord in it.
Lynn Jacky 02/28/08
Ilike this, great advice, some of which I have used. I know the dark times - thank you great work keep writing
Glynis Becker03/01/08
I think we've all been in this place or time in our lives...great advice. Very nice piece.
Yvonne Blake 03/02/08
This really shows how God can reach down in the depths of our soul with His love.
Even if you don't use rhyme, it would help the reader if you used a regular pattern of rhythm.
This is good. Keep writing.