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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Drip (04/25/13)

TITLE: God's changing of Yuck into Dancing
By Victoria Catron


ďOh, yuck, this is nothing like home!Ē my sister-in-love, Pam, stated as she looked out the door of my house at the torrid landscape of the high plains of Colorado. ďTell me about it! This is not a good year! Itís only June and the bugs are everywhere, the temperature is staying in the 100s, and there are fires and fire warnings cropping up everywhere! Please, Lord, send us some rain! This is Colorado, not Texas!Ē Though the exact words are only based on what actually happened these words could have escaped my familyís lips almost every day of June 2012.

Towards the end of the month Pam, my two nephews, and I were in the house trying to stay cool when all of a sudden we could hear something beginning to plop onto the roof. Just as we all turned to look out the door the sky opened up and down splashed the rain! ďLetís go!Ē were my words as I grabbed one of my nephews, opened the door, and headed for the lawn. Pam followed with the other kid and we danced in the rain! We were laughing and twirling, switching partners, thoroughly enjoying the drips and drops of rain that poured down upon us! ďThank you God!Ē

In Colorado during a drought year and even during a fairly normal year we donít receive a great deal of rain. As a child I do remember it raining more than it does now but never so much that it bothered me. Yet the Bible says, ďA continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike (Proverbs 27:15 KJV).Ē So in this case I have to refer to Pamís original home in western Washington or what Iíve heard of in England because I love just about every drip and drop of rain I receive. Either that or Iíll have to refer to a leak that can be heard dropping constantly into a bucket.

Iíve heard about the nagging wife and the woman who complains all the time to get her way. It might be easy to point out the flaws of another woman but reading the Proverbs verse I need to think about the ways in which I have been contentious. I belong to God so I donít want to be accused of this sin. He needs to change my heart!

Where does that first drip start? I think itís safe to say that the root word, content, provides us with the basis for our answer. Websterís dictionary* says content means, ďRest or quietness of the mind in the present condition; satisfaction which holds the mind in peace, restraining complaint, opposition, or further desire, and often implying a moderate degree of happiness. Ē Hebrews 13:5 KJV lets us know that the basis for us being content is Christís omnipresence in our lives! If I learn to always look to Christ even and especially in the rough times then He will sustain me and hold my tongue from dripping out the wrong things. That doesnít mean that the situation will change right away or at all, but my hope and desires are instead focused on the God that transcends sin and yet partook of human frailties without falling! As this year has progressed even drier here in Colorado I suppose Iíll have to learn to dance before the Lord as David did... in the dry heat, I mean!

*Webster, Noah: Noah Webster's First Edition of An American Dictionary of the English Language. Anaheim, CA : Foundation for American Christian Education, 2006

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lynn gipson 05/04/13
Very good writing here. You have a way with words and description. I enjoyed this. Keep writing!
Yvonne Blake 05/06/13
Nice job in showing the joy of hearing the rain. Although, it doesn't seem to fit the thought in your devotional part. It might be better to either talk of God's "showers of blessing" or to use the description of an irritating dripping faucet or leak.
Keep writing. You've got some good thoughts here.