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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: In and Out (04/30/09)

TITLE: Exodus
By Tony Hsu
05/06/09


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I can feel the sand shifting beneath my feet as I walk along. Itís just one of those things that I still havenít been able to get used to, and I don't know that I ever will. There arenít many days that go by I donít wonder what Iím doing here or why I let a whole world of comfort just slip away. Itís funny how the mind can sometimes make such a deceptive paradise of the places weíve left behind that we forget thereís a land of promise waiting for us somewhere up ahead, a land of green pastures and quiet waters.

Here though, there isnít much to see most of the time; itís just the ground and the sky and very little else in between. This place can sometimes have a way of making you believe that all this emptiness might really be all there is left to hope for, and I admit Iíve given in to the thought a few more times than Iím proud of. I guess itís just hard sometimes to imagine that His love could somehow reach this far, to find me here and now. And maybe thatís the point... that Iím not supposed to imagine it at all.

When those moments come that find me too tired to grumble anymore, I am still long enough to see with my own eyes how He awakens the dawn with a hundred different colors before I even realize it's taking my breath away, or how He sometimes paints the sky so blue it'd make the deepest ocean seem pale. And then I finally realize for myself that His love really is so much wider than all this empty space and far longer than the journey before me. And His love is hereÖ even hereÖ already here.

So while I still don't quite understand why Heís led me into this desert of my life, I'm learning to trust that though horses and chariots may fail, He will carry me out.


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Jan Ackerson 05/08/09
I have felt very much the same way. The desert imagery is perfect--and I'm glad that you titled it "Exodus" rather than "Desert." Excellent.
Yvonne Blake 05/14/09
Very poetical! I could feel the emotions through your words.