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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Car Trip (07/18/05)

TITLE: A Finely Tuned Machine
By James Douglas


I have decided to punch-out of this miserable life that I live. I have a weeks wages cashed and in my pocket. Leaving my family, house and a job is a decision that I concluded is the only one to make. My car starts right up when I turn the key in it's ignition as usual; right now I don't feel good about anything except this car. Which direction shall I set out in is something I haven't resolved. A logical choice to me is to head for a large city that I can disappear into. I'm cruising along and need to know before I get to the interstate which way will I go. I have to give the temperature this time of year a lot of consideration. I don't have enough money to give any serious thought about paying for lodging. I need to be in a climate that I can sleep in the car without having to run the engine much for heat. It's a good tightly sealed car, so that after it's warmed I could cut it off and my body heat would sustain enough warmth in it to hold awhile. It's necessary that I head south I must save money, fuel and my life as long as I can. The larger cities in the south that aren't too far off of this interstate are what I'm thinking of.

I've been traveling south a couple hundred miles and have started to feel a bit restless. I'm exiting now and heading into a relatively large city with about a quarter-million people. My plan is not to be in this place to long. I'll get a bite to eat, top the gas off then shove-off. “Here I go again! I just can't believe I did it again”. I pressed the gas and could feel and hear that excellent engine in that car. Well I'm back on the interstate headed to that undetermined large city in the south and feeling even lower than I had when this trip began. This interstate will come close to a major city that I do have some familiarity with a few of its citizens. If I sanction my funds this could possibly be a place where my life sees a resurrection.

I glided into town with the cruise control on and the great acoustics of my stereo filling my car. I met with old acquaintances and we continued right where we had left off. What I came here to escape from I was practicing again and at a more intensified rate. After being here several month's someone suggested to me to go to church with them. I caught the bus and went home today.

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Nina Phillips07/25/05
I believe God makes us sick of living in sin and despair, until the day we come to the cross-road.
Nicely written. God bless ya, littlelight
Melanie Kerr 07/26/05
You have communicated your feelings well - I felt miserable reading this! I liked the light at the end of the tunnel - church, God and going home.
Bronwyn Johnson07/27/05
No matter where we run, we take our problems with us. What an awesome thing to realise that God kept up with you all the time and was willing to hold your hand and lead you home again. Good story! May God bless you always!
Beth Muehlhausen07/30/05
Despair to hope. That's the human condition when blessed by Christ!