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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: See (07/22/10)

TITLE: The Eyes of God
By Kathy Barnes


A young mother sat in the corner rocking her baby as tears streamed down her face. The man she thought she loved; her dream man that was to rescue her from her past of sexual abuse and finally brings her happiness and love just slammed the door and walked out of her life. Could anybody ever love her, was she destined to always be worthless and unwanted?

A poor destitute black woman lay exhausted from throwing herself against the padded walls of her cell. She gives her mind over to the demons of depression and hopelessness that lead to her nervous breakdown. $76 dollars in food stamps, no shoes in the middle of winter, and a husband that abandoned her, would life ever be worth living?

A young girl lay on the hospital bed, waiting for the nurse to tend her wounds. The black eye from where she accidental hit the doorknob was already swollen and the cracked rib from tripping on the stairs was making itself known. The cops would press her to fill charges. She had to get out of here and back to him before they came. If he thought she turned him in, he would be mad, or worse he might leave her. Her father had left her, and he killed himself. Her mother had left her and she fell into a bottle. Her life and had never been the same since, she was five and they said that word, “Divorce.” She longed to find someone that would be there, someone that would care.

A fourteen year of girl found herself weeping at an alter. Touched by God she wanted to be used. How could she an uneducated, farmer’s daughter make an impact on the world? It not like she was a doctor able to heal the hurting. She was scared even to stand in front of a crowd. Surely, the Lord could not use her could he?

As a six-week-old baby, she had gotten an eye infection. Her parents being poor sought the only available doctor, a quack. He left her blind. Her father died when she was only one and she was raise by her mother and grandmother in poverty. She had no reason to sing for joy, did she? Could God use her voice to make a difference?

An unwed teenager living in a poor county village wondered silently in her heart, what difference one like her could make to the world. She did not live in a palace; she did not come from a wealth. Neither her parents nor she held any political power or influence. She listened daily to the rumors about her unfaithfulness and shame. Who would remember her name two years from now?

Do you recognize the women above, Joyce Meyer, Juanita Bynum, Paula White, Kathryn Kuhlman, Fanny Crosby, Mary mother of Jesus?

2nd Kings 6:17 “Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, ‘declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

We often see people and ourselves as inadequate, worthless, ineffective and unusable by God because of our failures, defects or what was done to us. But God sees into the hearts and says I can use this, and from out of these ashes I can give life. He see past the hurts and scars to what he made us to be; loved, wanted, valuable, prized, holy, pure, powerful, useful, child and heir of the King. If you like me are in the fire, hold on, there is a light on the other side even if we cannot see the form that it takes yet. He is no respecter of persons. What he can do for one, He can do for you and me. Lord, open our eyes that we may see ourselves as you do, that we can see the path before us.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/31/10
You make a really good point. I know I have often felt useless and unlovable. I wasn't familiar with all the women you mentioned. Maybe you could have given a short account at what they were known for,but it's no big deal as I will google the names. I like how you showed God can make the best out of bad situations if we just let him.
Nancy Sullivan 07/31/10
How blessed we are that God looks upon our hearts and meets each one of us where we are. Great message!
God Bless.
Heather MacInnis08/01/10
A wonderful reminder that God can use any of us, if we open ourselves to His leading.
Genia Gilbert08/02/10
Good research for specific illustrations. Great reminders that things are not always as we "see" them at the time.
Christine Ramey08/02/10
Wow! Awesome! I loved this. The truth in it is absolutely lovely. Circumstances throw us up against the wall everyday. It isn't until we see God clearly that our lives can be turned from encounters we are facing everyday. I think this reaching all kinds of level to each person. Great job! Keep Writing.
Seema Bagai 08/05/10
Very creative piece. I liked the way you told the stories of these people. Good job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/05/10
Congratulations for placing in the top 15 of your level!
Patsy Hallum08/13/10
Great story. Congrats on being in top 15. Keep writing.