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

TITLE: Flat Land
By Ed VanDeMark
08/14/06


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Flat Land

I spent four years of my life living on flat land. For four years I felt like Peeping Toms were

everywhere.


I like living in hill country. When I want to be noticed I can climb to the top of a hill and shout

Here I am world. Notice me. When I mess up I slip into the valley and hide in silence. When

Im on a hill I can see whats coming at me before it can get to me. In the valley the hills form a

natural fortress around me and I sleep in peace. Flat land makes me feel naked.


As a son of Adam Im ashamed of my nakedness I recognize my shortcomings and my sins and I

hide them beneath a bold brag, a smile, a joke or by becoming a recluse. What I am and

what Im not concern me and I live in fear that someone will detect the real me. Intimacy is

exposure. Fig leaves are protection. Yet Im made by God to live in community with other sons

and daughters of Adam. In community I seek worth and that means exposing myself. Exposure

can be as brash as declaring victory with boastful words and raised fists or as gently as an arm

around the shoulders of a friend and words that open up my past failures, my hurts, my weakness

and my love. Im a hill and valley man living in openness one moment and in privacy the next.

Flat land makes me feel naked.


For thirty-six years I lived on hills and in valleys. Thirty-six years I stood before God and

declared my independence then slipped into the valley to sin believing that He was a mere man.

Twenty-nine years ago I discovered that God can see through the undergrowth of the valley and

the brashness of mankind. Intimacy can be one way or it can be two ways. God knows me

intimately regardless of what I do or say and if I choose I can know Him intimately as well. We

can live together on flat land or I can try to live in the hills and valleys and pretend that He will

go away.


By nature Im a hill and valley man yet I try to meet my God on level ground and say here I am

imperfect and naked. Lord can I do something for you today?.


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Joanne Sher 08/20/06
great analogy! I enjoyed this. Watch your run-on sentences. Thanks for writing!
Jen Davis08/23/06
I loved your 2nd paragraph. I thought it would have made a much stronger intro paragraph. End that paragraph just as you did with: "Flat land makes me..." A little work on punctuation would also help tighten this up a bit. Thanks for sharing. Keep writing.
Gini Branch08/23/06
I liked this. Intriguing, good concept. Worth exploring some more of the idea. Has a very mystical feel.