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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Vision (08/03/06)

TITLE: 360 degrees
By Ed VanDeMark


360 Degrees

Automotive engineers are generally sharp people and most of the time their creations get me where Iím going. Their vehicles come with a motor to offer relief to my otherwise peddling legs, a steering wheel guidance system and a radio that is tuned into something beyond itself. Both my Ford 150 and my Subaru have three mirrors, and windows all around plus a couple thousand other parts.

I sit behind my steering wheel peddling like a crazy man when a voice comes out of the air that says there is a bridge out up ahead. If I understand the instructions correctly, I should make a right turn soon. I need to make a decision. I can continue on my present course or I can make that right turn. I check my mirrors - nothing is overtaking me from behind. Thatís good. I look out my side windows - nothing is new. It is just like it was yesterday and the day before that. Then I consider whatís in front of me. The voice said that there is impending doom if I continue along this route but everything looks fine to me. If I get off the main highway and take that detour ahead, it is bound to take extra time and Iím in a hurry. But if that voice is accurateÖwellÖbut if it isnít then Iíve wasted precious time.

I have choices and they are mine to make but Iím a person that likes to know what Iím getting myself into before I get into it. Cell phone technology is great. I dial my friend who lives just the other side of the bridge. He tells me that the bridge is indeed out. The radio voice is confirmed but making that turn up ahead will slow me down so I ask my friend on the other end of my cell phone to send me a picture of the bridge. The picture comes in and there is a missing span, so I make the right turn and avert disaster.

I had warnings of trouble ahead and they concerned me but it wasnít until I saw that missing span for myself that I made my decision. I needed a vision of what was around the bend of time and space. It is fortunate for me that I knew who to call on for an accurate vision of those things that I canít see from where I am right now.

Friends, family, co-workers and even strangers are valuable resources that provide us with the information that we need to live successfully. We say that some leaders are visionaries and it appears that they are but in my experience there is only one friend that is just over the hill or around the bend from every decision that I need to make. Jesus sees the future as clearly as he does the present and the past. Without him, my vision has human limitations. Yet the divine most often uses human vessels and internal inklings to provide us with visions.

The radio said the bridge is out. My friend confirmed it from his personal experience but Iím a stubborn man that demanded a third source of proof. I would not believe until I saw it for myself. I pray for a vision but too often refuse to accept the visions that God sends because I didnít hear a booming voice coming from a burning bush or see a photo inscribed in the clouds. Most divine visions come in brief glimpses, in conversations with friends, times of prayer or in faithful bible reading. Thomas the doubter and Ed the impatient skeptic walk two steps behind Peter and John the believers, what a shame.

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terri tiffany08/10/06
Just had to say that I loved your ending along with your total analogy.:)
Edy T Johnson 08/10/06
What splendid writing! You are right on target for the topic and you wove it throughout your entry in such an interesting and natural flow of words. I really like this type of parable-analogy devotional, that pulls your reader directly into your experience. No technical boo-boos to be found, either! [I also identify with your recognition that it only makes sense to trust the One who can see what's around the bend, instead of relying on our own understanding. Wonderful message, well written! Thank you.]
Valora Otis08/10/06
I really enjoyed this analogy. It had a fresh viewpoint and like Edy said was right on topic. May we all be reminded to listen to the promptings that Father sends us in our daily lives.
Donald Mehl08/10/06
I also enjoyed this story. Sadly, many people are ignoring the warnings scripture provides for us concerning our relationship to God and our eternal future. As with your story, the day is coming soon when it will be too late to decide what we must do with Jesus in our life. Keep up the good work!
Pat Guy 08/10/06
Great writing! Very well done - good work. Poignant, timely and easy to apply - a wonderful devotional. I enjoyed reading this and being reminded of God's perfect 'sight.' Good job!
Ann FitzHenry08/10/06
Wonderful writing with a very thought-provoking meaning! Your story tells the truth we all need to hear.

Thank you for joining the challenge!
Jan Ross08/15/06
Nice work on the topic! Insightful and enjoyable all at the same time. You have a nice style that's easy to follow. Great work! :)
Joanne Sher 08/16/06
I really liked this! Great use of the analogy throughout!
Jacquelyn Horne04/25/07
Interesting read. I like the way you tied it to a spiritual message.