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Topic: 24 Hours (01/27/11)
TITLE: Even You
By Dee Washington
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What are you here for?
Where did you come from?
What exactly is your purpose?
24 times a day, every hour just like clockwork, you’re right on time. You are never late and you never skip! You do not come from an external source although it would be easier for me to accept if you did. You are not initiated by a trial or hardship placed on me by someone else. You spawn from deep within my own innermost core.
Do you begin in the region of my spine and radiate outward? I can’t really tell. Or perhaps you received your start from the inner chambers of my chest as if from my very heart. And with every beat of it, you intensify. You grow and you spread slowly but inhospitably to every section of my body. You go on climbing.
Through the veins in my throat, you rise until you reach my blenched face where you erupt into huge clots of molten perspiration spurting from my body’s summit to form shimmering droplets on the flanks of my forehead. Then you send it like lava down the slopes of my torso in fiery streams to flood the clothing on my body by day and my bed by night.
You leave me chilled and spent as one who has just gone through the labor of child birth. At a time in my life when I should be celebrating the cessation of one lifelong curse, I transition into another. Day and night and back again, I am daunted.
God’s word says “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thess. 5:18 NIV).” Even YOU? You are an acceptable thing to God, and YOU are something he has approved of concerning me? For YOU, I must give thanks?
Okay, although you are difficult to accept, your presence confirms that my body’s inner clock is well-tuned and right on time. Your company sharpens and hones my ability to fulfill God’s requirements concerning self-discipline and self-control – no one ever gets hurt.
In spite of your determination to drive me to my breaking point, provoking me to flee and search out an unnatural sub-zero source for relief, I endure. And 24 times a day, I overcome! Victor!
You, a transient symptom of my rite of passage, signal that I have reached a new and significant transformation in my life. Your presence means I have achieved entrance into the beauty of the golden, leisurely years of life.
Looking back, my experiences have taught me sagacity and imparted good judgment. Looking forward, heaven is in view, and I can see with God-given vision. Grace and humility are mine. And through years of many, many trials and losses, I still stand. Thank you God!
Yes, just as often as you visit, I must recall the blessedness of what you symbolize and I must endeavor to find the good purpose for anything else God allows. And just as often as you visit, with equal intensity, and from deep within the inner sanctum of my soul, I must give thanks to God, for this is his will in all circumstances concerning me. Even you.
Oh. So, you’re leaving now – you retreat again? I know; you’ll be back, right on time. You are just like clockwork, day and night and back again – 24 times a day.
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