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Topic: Work (07/27/06)
TITLE: One day at a time
By Elisheva Hartley
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I undid the flask of coffee I had bought with me and poured myself cup of the hot welcoming liquid. After taking a few sips I then leaned back against the cliff wall. From where I sat I could see some sheep in the distance happily grazing despite the rain that was now coming down thick and fast. In the distance I could hear the rumble of thunder. I hadn’t envisaged this and the thought of sitting here in the midst of a storm seemed quite exciting somehow!
I was so glad that I had made the decision to come out and do something different for a change. For me this was a sense of achievement which was needed big time. I had come to the conclusion lately that I no longer wanted to stay in the same place that I had been in for the past two years; I wanted to improve and to get myself back into a “normal” every day way of living, something that I needed to work at daily. I was also thankful that I had the Lord in my life especially whilst struggling against the dark days of depression and despair. I knew that when times became tough that He carried me and didn’t just walk beside me. Some days could be so difficult that I would often go back to bed and stay there - this for me was a place of refuge and safety. At the same time I knew I was wasting away the hours – not a good place to be in I had decided.
The sudden clash of thunder interrupted my thoughts for a moment and I watched as the rain was now coming down in torrents. I was mesmerised especially when a flash of lightning lit up the whole sky. Wow, it felt so good to be experiencing this powerful storm whilst sitting here in this cave in the heart of the countryside.
Letting my mind wander back, I knew especially in these last ten days or so, that some changes had slowly started taking place, good ones at that. I had more to focus on and one friend who had come into my life had helped me more than she could ever envisage. This friend had given me the ability indirectly to help me set tasks for myself and had given me the courage and strength to move forward.
Yes, the goals and achievements to get myself back into a routine were going to take time, but there was more of a purpose and a desire now to improve and get better. I knew that the Lord’s purpose for my life was one full of joy and hope and not one of despair and self harm.
Also, this move that had recently taken place in my life was one of change and of new expectations. Over a period of time I knew I would look back on these last two years or so and see how much the Lord had done for me. But for now, all I could do was to take one day at a time, but this would be with a more added purpose than before.
I suddenly realised that the rain had stopped and looking out of the cave I could see this beautiful rainbow with the sun behind it. A rainbow so beautiful, it spoke of hope and also of God’s promises. These promises would be of healing, renewed hope and full of God’s goodness and love. Getting up from the seat, I stretched and then gathered my things together before making my way slowly down the hill towards home.
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