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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Outlook (06/02/11)

TITLE: A New Outlook on Life and Love
By Carolynne Masters


As I sat and reflected on the theme of the topic, OUTLOOK, I was flooded with ideas for poems, and short stories. Then a still, small voice led me to a place where I learned how to see life, love, and God’s greatness in a completely new way. Without any attempts at sarcasm, or clichés, God blessed me with an opportunity to receive a completely new outlook on life. This is my humble attempt to share that awesome experience. I pray I write the vision in a way that honors God and fulfills my calling.

The first vision I saw was that of a cancer patient, sitting in a chair, receiving chemotherapy. As I looked on, I could see that this was only one of many people sitting in an endless row of these chairs. For most of the patients, loved ones surrounded them. I saw a husband and wife, who sat together talking, and even laughing, while he received treatments. Then I then traveled back to a time in the past, where I watched as a marriage was failing. There were arguments, threats of divorce, children huddled together crying as they watched the parents they love scream how they hated each other. Then, as they sat in the doctor’s office receiving the news that he had cancer, their whole outlook on life, love, and marriage changed.

Then I saw someone laying down a few seats from the couple. It was a young child, who was receiving a treatment for a cancer, which had a low survival rate. This child grew up in a home where faith in God was non-existent. I heard a child questioning her mother on God as the mother cooked dinner. The mother quickly brushed off the child’s question with the comment, “if God existed, then why is it that so many bad things happen to innocent people in the world?” Then, only months later as the child lay sick, and dying, I heard the prayer of a scared and loving mother, praying that God heal her child. She prayed God would receive her child into heaven if the doctors could not cure her. Later, as the child neared death, I heard the mother tell the child of the beauty of heaven, and how all her family members who had died before her would be there to meet her. Then she told her about a loving God who was waiting to take her daughter into His arms and wipe away all her tears, and show her what pure love and joy felt like. That mother and child had a new outlook on God, and eternal life.

I was glad to see the way these people had changed for the better, but was grieved in my heart that it took such suffering to do so. Then the loving God, who knows all our hearts, answered the question that was plaguing mine. That still small voice said to me, “My child, do not think I cause all of these things to happen. I do not wish harm on any of my children. I have shown you these things so you understand that what I have said is true, “What the devil meant for evil, I am able to use for good.” It was at that moment, that my outlook was forever changed.

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Joanne Sher 06/10/11
What a powerful reminder for all of us. Thank you so much for sharing this lesson the Lord gave you.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/12/11
I liked how you did this. I have suffered from a painful chronic illness for half of my life now and I know God has used my illness to help many others.
Leola Ogle 06/13/11
A great reminder of what is really important in life. You shared your heart so beautifully. God bless!