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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Valley (08/10/06)

TITLE: My Feet's Path
By Judy Genao
08/11/06


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I awaken to a rude shake of judgment and pain, as you stand there and lecture me on my faults that do not have a weight of fact or truth, but yet you stand there to look down at me with accusing eyes that only pierce further into my heart as to say you need to get behind and follow what we say.

I don’t even look; for my tongue is held from defending myself, the temptation to utter words of defense do hit at my heart but this would have been the way I would have address this trial in the past. I am angry, bewildered and full of pain, learning that the new valley that I am treading through is to be silent and still even though shards of glass and pieces of stone are cast at me.

I hold his hand and thank him quickly, with a light kiss and turn away for at battle with words I do not want to go nor do I want to sit in the chair of interrogation and find myself on the same road as before.

Oh, I cry to my Lord, why I ask inside my heart that feels as it breaks in pieces at the injustice of accusations that seem to stream from rumors and lies that have no basis of truth.

To receive this from the ones that you trust and love and watch in horror as they turn away and maintain their stance from a distance waiting to hear or see you crumble or fight, only adds to the pain of realization of what they do that crushes me in agony and causes my soul to cry.

My forest is long and dark and yet there are streams of sunlight that remind that God is guiding my path and that even if my surroundings are overbearing in weight my focus is to walk through this valley with all its ditches and dips that I trip or fall into, even if it means that I must crawl rather than to walk.

I know my mission and yet this valley that my journey is taking me on is difficult to deal with every day as I stand and pray that I find my ground that I may run through it and not be knocked down again.

Through this valley are rocks everywhere reminding me of the pain that each has caused me, through this valley are pebbles that have stayed in my shoe, which cut at me and scar as I carry them in my shoes. In this valley are paths of arid, hot deserts that cause me to thirst; that I feel when those I expect are not there to provide me with water. It is through this valley that the storms light up the sky and bring fear and anxious heart to feel like a burdensome load with no cure.

It is through this valley that I hear Your voice, no more than a faint whisper that brings a flood of tears to emerge from my soul.

You remind me to fight the good fight, that though things may never be, You have a purpose for me, that through my disappointments, hurts and pain my joy is and will be in you as I journey through this dark valley in my life.

You show me to trust in You, in who You are my Lord and My God. You are taking me through this valley and even though I would be tempted to turn and run you hold my hand and gently move my feet to continue in a valley that David walked through and inspired him to cry and say (Psalms 23:4 NIV), “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, [ Or through the darkest valley ] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”, even in my fear, pain, and hurt you are there with me.


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Joanne Sher 08/20/06
You have a lovely, poetic voice here - I felt like I was not reading prose at all! Some of your sentences seemed too long, but otherwise this "sang" to me. Thanks for sharing it!