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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Park (10/25/12)

TITLE: Seasons of Life
By Chrystlyn Edwards


Life is not a walk in the park. It is a journey. If time is spent wisely in a park, plenty of analogies about life in the park can be observed. The park is a place of leisure and fun. Parks are an excellent reflection of how life is blended with tranquility and activity.

The simple pleasure of taking a walk can be turned into moments of enjoying and embracing Godís creation of nature. It is a great honor to worship Him for His infinite wisdom in His choice to mark distinguishing characteristics between seasons. In observing this, I have learned the only constant in life is change. With this knowledge, I have chosen to accept that seasons are stability for our life. Therefore, change causes growth and new beginnings.

Many people go to the park to simply observe the people in their presence. It is amazing to see His diversity in the human race-all of who were created in His Image. Seasons for each person are different. Each person has their own history, and I am in awe of how God know each and every detail of the people He created.

God also has some lessons to be learned in the playground equipment most frequented by children. For example, seesaws are pleasurable to children due to the movement of going up and down. Life has ups and down- trials and triumphs. In the midst of it all, balance is an important trait to learn. Like many people, I struggle with learning balance. When I am in a trial, I try to find solution. If I am not careful, my emotions will go from one extreme to the next to try and solve the problem. With this knowledge, I have chosen to trust God with my trials and submit my emotions to His control. At the same time, I am learning how to practice self-control and restraint. As I learn how to patient with myself, I know God will instill in me the discipline to be balanced, regardless of the season I am in.

Children love slides. The anticipation of climbing the ladder to go from destination to another is exciting. Even if the destination is short, the thrill to get to the other side was worth the adventure. In the Christian walk, slides are like surrendering to His Will. We must learn how to fearlessly explore our limits. In order to achieve His desired goals for our lives, we must go outside of our comfort zone to go from place in life to another for any and every area of our lives.

When children reach their destination on the slide they get bored. This explains why they want to have their turn repeatedly on the slide. The slide just gets boring to them altogether, and they go to the merry go round. It is the ultimate example of childish joy, just going around and round. However, as an adult, the merry go round is routine. In life, routines become stagnant. The mundaneness of life can become depressing, especially when the feeling of like you are going nowhere begins to emerge. Since God gave us one life to live, the merry go round is an excellent reminder from Him to take a break from routine to enjoy the simple pleasures of life and rest.

After all the excitement of being on the seesaw, slide, and merry go round, children must relax. The ultimate place to relax in the park is a swing. Equilibrium is restored to children as they swing blissfully to their heartsí content. They are able to have balance while enjoying the activity. Being on a swing is comforting to adults too. Swings serve two purposes for adults. They remind us of pleasant childhood memories, and remind us to enjoy the rhythm of life and rest in Godís strength (Isa. 30:15).

As we continue to walk in this journey of life as Christians, we need to remember two simple principles. We are called to be like children, and life is connected to parks (Mt. 11:25, 18:3). These principles go hand in hand. They both serve as reminders to learn to accept and enjoy the small moments of the season we are in. They also remind us to learn from them and trust that God is in control.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/03/12
This is a clever take on the topic. I liked how you used the playground equipment as a metaphor for life. This definitely defined park while delivering a great message.
Beth LaBuff 11/04/12
I could really relate to your see-saw with ups and downs of life, and balance needed, then emotions that surface. Your devotional message struck a chord with me. Thank you.
Phee Paradise 11/07/12
Good job of using the park as a metaphor. But I was a little confused by your opening line. It says the opposite of what the rest of the piece states.