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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Work (07/27/06)

TITLE: One day at a time
By Elisheva Hartley


Looking out across the sea crashing against the rocks, the waves were coming in faster now and I shivered against the cold wind. I could feel the first drops of rain on my face which was so welcoming. I knew this storm had been expected for the last half hour especially as the clouds had become darker overhead, but, I didnít mind. As I looked around I could see the opening of a cave that I could shelter in until the storm passed so I moved towards it. There was a bit of a climb which was difficult against the wind which seemed to be increasing in speed, I stumbled slightly but managed to keep going until finally I reached the mouth of the cave. I found a seat where I could at least rest for awhile until it passed.

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 hadnít 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 ďnormalĒ 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 didnít 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 Ė 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 Lordís 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 Godís promises. These promises would be of healing, renewed hope and full of Godís 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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Tracey Jackson08/07/06
Isn't it amazing how even doing the smallest of things, feels like the greatest of achievements?!
I can completely relate to this journey that you have taken. Thank you for sharing.
Jen Davis08/09/06
Sometimes taking that first step is the hardest. I loved the picture you painted with your words: the ocean, a storm, a cave, and coffee;) Sounds lovely. I enjoyed seeing how you were blessed by the experience and encouraged by the promise of a rainbow. Your last line was beautiful. I'm sure you will encourage others by sharing this story.