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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sightseeing (08/08/05)

TITLE: Sightseeing before seeing
By Rachel Webb
08/09/05


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Sightseeing

Obviously father and daughter, by build, facially and even mannerisms. So alike, talking animatedly on the patio.

From across the patio my mind was drawing up scenarios. Who, what, were they talking about. Ever inquisitive. Then the pair in heated words and angry gestures drew apart.

Id seen it before, and probably would again, until the time one of them realises they need The Lord to work in their relationship.

It came as a revelation to me. Id seen these inter-changes many times, always observing, even hearing both sides after the event.

As I was recalling a particular incident to my husband, lamenting how a child of God could treat a parent so. The illumination hit me, Id been watching a bondage at work. Anger, resentment, both sides spewing forth old hurts in new ways. I knew what was happening. I remembered it well.

Id been locked ion the same spiral with my mother. She spoke I reacted. It hardly mattered what she said the response came out before my mind had processed the words.

Thank God he heals., mends and breaks. Heals the hurts, mends the relationship and breaks the bondages those inherited chains. I knew Id been set free but seeing it in action made me see how Id been released and how at the right moment The Lord can use me to set them free.

Yet it goes on, I observe my eldest son, 14 and as tall as me. I see the personality traits that annoy me, the anger bursts, the safety barriers and I see me.

I react he react. I see the way I was when he was small the way I dealt with issues. Ive moved on but hes walking through those things he was taught in lifes most formative years. And I thank God for opening my eyes. To see a problem is an eye-opener, to the next step, of walking it out with Him.

So if you look around with a superior tendency, like me, try to look beneath what you see and give thanks to God for showing you new depths that have nothing to do with the person, but with what there is within. And pray for seeing eyes, Gods eyes.


S PEAK
I T OUT TO
G OD AND
H E WILL
T URN AROUND THE
S CENES OF LIFE.
E VER FAITHFUL
E VER NEAR
I N HIM
N OTHING IS IMOSSIBLE
G OD, MY GOD, IS HERE





SPEAK
IT OUT TO
GOD AND
HE WILL
TURN AROUND THE
SCENES OF LIFE.
EVER FAITHFUL
EVER NEAR
IN HIM
NOTHING IS IMOSSIBLE
GOD, MY GOD, IS HERE


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Randy Shaffer08/16/05
WOW! Family relationships sure are tough. Why can't we take time to listen? Why do we assume we know what the other person is thinking and going to say? Why did God give us 2 ears and only 1 mouth, when He knew we wouldn't take time to use our ears? I'm just full of questions today. Thanks for sharing.
Shari Armstrong 08/17/05
A lesson we all can relate to -from one perspective, or both! thanks!
M'Kayla Kelly08/18/05
Good message! Using punctuation will help with the clarity of your writing.
Shannon Redmon08/20/05
I like the message. It is one that many can relate. Seeing ourselves in our children. I think the first few sentences could have been stronger by nixing the adverbs and painting more of a picture of the argument. Maybe even putting in the dialogue you were witnessing.
Julianne Jones08/21/05
Ditto for above comments. A creative take on the topic. Thanks for sharing.
Nina Phillips08/21/05
I really liked the relationship between your story, and the ending by spelling out what sightseeing means to you. A really good lesson. God bless ya, littlelight