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Topic: Yellow (11/12/09)
TITLE: An Enchanted Afternoon
By Barbara Lynn Culler
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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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