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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)

TITLE: Devine Intervention
By Catharine Smith
07/30/08


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Outside the window I hear the sounds. Each sound more enticing than the last. Birds are chirping, singing their own cheerful sounds. Did I hear the children? Is school out, what time is it? How many years has it been since my children where in school? Are the Grand Children coming home from school where they live? What time is it in Georgia, In North Dakota? I sit alone trying to give my full attention to matters at hand. I want to understand my Lessons I really do; yet for reasons beyond my control my mind will not focus. I cannot focus; not today, not while sun rays sparkle across my room and filter their prisms across my open page.

Today is going to be that day. The day each year, my internal clock shuts down and beckons me to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Years earlier I would have fought the temptation and chastised myself for neglecting my responsibilities and indulging in a day of what I considered selfish endeavors. No more, I realize that if I do not give in I will not accomplish anything for days instead just this one day; once a year that I reserve for Nature. I have no choice; it is a day I simply give in.

I close my bible; stand up and edge towards the door. As I pass the entrance to my home the light becomes more intense and the wind gently caresses my cheeks. I walk among my garden and notice even my Aloe Vera is standing up at attention awaiting my inspection. I smile and notice ants marching towards my ferns. I follow, trying to detect their origin or destination. As they approach the grounds, I notice the small mound which appears as a mini volcano. From the top, small eruptions of sand cascade out, down the mound landing opposite the side where the ants go in.

I hear a rustle and look above. Sitting perched on a tree above me a brown squirrel who appeared to be as interested in me as I of the ants. Watching as he started jumping from branch to branch I slowly pick up a peanut from my bird feeder hanging from my oak. He approaches watching keenly yet the universal hand of friendship was extended. He grabs the nut and climbs to the closest branch and gently peels back the shell and nibbles the nut.

It was then; I realized this time I devote to simple pleasures is as important as days I devote to everything and everyone else. I am absorbing Gods energy and renewal. Humbly; my perspective is reshaped, allowing me to realize that I am only one cog in His masterpiece. His love for me and all his creations is to be enjoyed and treasure; the wonders of this world.


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Sara Harricharan 08/01/08
This is wonderful! And a such a great reminder too, for me. I loved your last paragraph best of all, you have some great lines in there! ^_^