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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Yellow (11/12/09)

TITLE: An Enchanted Afternoon
By Barbara Lynn Culler


I vividly recall that one summer, when I was a teen, and attended a week-long church youth camp in the mountains of Northern California. I had few friends and felt lonely most of the time. I was not “cute” like the other girls, and spent a lot of the free time by myself. However, I still remember that magical afternoon when I experienced the majestic power of God and realized that He would always be with me and that I was really never alone.

One day I was feeling particularly forlorn and unwanted and felt drawn to the soothing comfort of the nearby lake. As I wandered around its’ small perimeter, I spied a discolored yellow rowboat, off to the side of a group of shiny silver boats tied to the dock. It caught my attention as being different and alone, like I felt. The boats were freely available for campers but at that time, there was no one around to check me in. I believed no one cared anyway, so I unleashed that unattractive little boat and paddled away from the shore.

The late August afternoon was warm and sultry as the gray overcast skies reflected on the tranquil algae-filled lake. After rowing out to the center of the diminutive body of water, I allowed the boat to drift freely as I observed the grandeur of the mountains that surrounded me. They were thickly blanketed in spicy shades of brown and muted tones of green and a gentle breeze caressed the treetops, creating a serene song of joy. As I sleepily sat semi-reclined in the hull of the metal boat, the scent of pine wafted about me as it mixed with the pungent odor of lake water and I felt at peace with myself.

Suddenly, a flash of brilliant light in the distance, followed by two crooked streaks zapping the sky caught my attention. Oblivious to the danger I was in, I sat bolt upright in the boat for several minutes, enraptured by the breathtaking display going on about me. I was overcome with awe at the unique zigzag formations and began praising God for His demonstration of power. It was at that moment I felt God was showing me that I was not alone, and that He cared about me.

After sometime of watching the heavenly panorama I heard thunder echoing off the mountains and realized that it could be harmful to remain in this wondrous setting. Reluctantly, I rowed the yellow metal boat back to the dock, but knew without a doubt, that even though no one seemed to care where I was, God did, and I, alone, was shown the face of God!

I still have a memento of that supernatural day, in the form a two inch silver cross necklace I had purchased at the camp book store. Each time I wear it, I remember my time on the lake, and thank God for his Love, and of how He cared enough to protect me as I experienced his awesome power.

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Carrie Avery11/20/09
Beautiful memory written well enough I can see it myself and feel the peace and love God showed you.
Shellie Bailey11/21/09
Well written-easy to see myself there and feel how the character felt.
Kim Heffner11/21/09
A very vivid description of a treasured memory! Enjoyed reading it very much.
Mona Purvis11/25/09
Vivid descriptions and a very believable story. Good job.

Carol Penhorwood 12/04/09
Your descriptions are very vivid and bring the scenes to life! Great job!
Noel Mitaxa 12/31/09
Congratulations on drawing out the emotions as well as the describing the scenery.
You've refreshed my heart, by reminding me of how God led me through a similar teenage experience - and similar teenage emotions - at a Christian youth camp in the mountains. Thank you Barbara and God continue to bless you.
Edy T Johnson 02/19/10
God has blessed you with a wonderful gift for putting an experience into words so others can join in your memory. I look forward to more of your real-life stories!