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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Achoo (04/11/13)

TITLE: God Achooism
By Carla Rogers


“This is the crisis we're in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God.” John 3:19 (MSG)

When I walk out of dark, shadowy places into the brilliance of daylight, the sneezes begins; sneezes plural, not singular. When the sneezes subside my sides hurt and tears run down my face from the force of the sneezes. The stares and the pointing make these episodes even more uncomfortable, so I feel like hiding under a bush.

These are what I call my sneezing fits, but one of the common technical terms is Achooism or Achoo Syndrome. It is an uncontrollable weird reaction when the optic nerve is suddenly stimulated, going from shadow to light.

After one particular long episode, I began to think that Christians have God-Achooism. Being exposed to the glorious holy light of God, we have involuntary reactions that are contrary to what we would expect, just like sneezing when exposed to light. When the Holy Light shines on the dark and ugly parts that every one of us wants to keep hidden, our involuntary instinct is to make excuses, blame others. This reaction seems instinctual; just like the sneeze, a left over part of our nature. This part of our nature can be overcome when we submit to God when he shows us the part of us that needs changing.

As the Light continues to shine on the hard shadowy places of our soul, we want to hide or run away. God is showing unwanted attention to parts of our soul we sometimes even hide from ourselves, so we run away or ignore it. We don’t want to have the eyes of God knowing what he already knows, but we can’t hide from him.

We have to acknowledge what the Light has to show us, own up to the sin. It may be hard to do, but we will be more like God once we make the changes needed.

Prayer: Father, I pray for you to shine your Light in the dark places of my soul. Bring to the surface any hidden sins. Help me to rid myself of these sins which are keeping me from a closer relationship with you. Amen.

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Vince Martella04/20/13
Nice little devotion; I like the way you transitioned into the spiritual. Good read.
Christina Banks 04/22/13
Thank you for sharing this devotional with us.
Judith Gayle Smith04/22/13
This is beautifully expressed. I truly enjoy this. Thank you . . .
Cheryl Harrison04/22/13
Interesting word: Achooism. I am plagued with achooism after I eat. My family loves to tease me about it, because they know I am finished eating when I start sneezing.

I enjoyed your devotional and the lesson you wove within. Good job! Keep writing.
Alicia Renkema04/23/13
God always has truths in the natural realm for every truth in the spiritual realm so it was very interesting to hear about your "Achooisms" in the natural when you go from shadows into the light. That must be really uncomfortable for you if it happens all year long. I thought this devotional was very informative and Scriptural. I am wondering though in the beginning if grammatically you should have said sneezing instead of sneezes. There were a few other minor grammar things but you have a steel trap -mind to do devotions. I like the way you connect your dots -- they make one think. Thank you for writing this wonderful piece.
Alicia Renkema04/25/13
Congrats on this clever piece as well as a unique devotional. God's blessings to you.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/26/13
This is a great devotion. You have the perfect recipe, a relevant scripture, a great true life story, then you transition seamlessly into your Bible message and end with a beautiful prayer. Congratulations on ranking 5 in your level and 25 overall! (The highest rankings can be found on the message boards) Happy dance!!
Judith Gayle Smith04/26/13