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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Garden (09/07/06)

TITLE: Love's Canvas
By Kim Stairs


Has your day gone something like this: grace, stress, worry, more stress, and moments of joy, followed by several other overwhelming emotions that a mom can handle in one day. You toss and turn in the happiness that those cute little faces give you, and the underlying impatience that seems to pop up every time they start to kill each other over what you think is not a life or death situation.
Outside the sun is shining. The breeze is blowing, yet; inside the turmoil in your life is twisting you into knots that even your message therapist can’t untangle. You search for anything that will bring peace flooding into your soul. Chocolate, ice cream, a good book, the Bible, prayer, adult conversation with a friend and the list could go on, but none have worked. Sure they have brought you some relief. But it lacks the creativity you hold so dear.
So you scoot the kids off to school. Take a sigh of fresh air. And think of what you can do today. Should you: a) clean the kitchen, b) take a shower, c) email your friends whom you haven’t talked to in a while, or d) take a drive to a private sanctuary and rest. The obvious choice, you choose to go to the sanctuary you accidentally found one day when you took a wrong turn.
The drive is wonderful. The breeze is exuberant. The country air fills your car with a crisp fragrance. Then you see it. A beautiful hidden retreat in the middle of a large plain, lays a wild brilliant garden. You get out of the car, grab your blanket and nestle down inside the canopy of colors.
You realize that the creativity of this scene is magnificent and the One who created it also. It is as if God looked down on this earth and painted you this picture of escape. It is a reminder of the everyday love that He has for you. That in the midst of all the day to day cares in your life, He is there. Right there in the flowers and smells. As you are lying down, you see the sky has become the Creators canvas and He has blown you a kiss. The blues and whites wave together as an ocean view. And you have found it. The breath of God rushes in. His peace floods into your soul as you remember, to God, you are more important than the flowers He dresses.
As you travel home, His Spirit whispers that He is also there. In the everyday cares and mundane, you can escape into Him. The peace of the sun coming in the window, the smile on your children’s faces, the hug from your spouse. God is always there. He is there to take those cares. He is there to hold you near. He is there to flood your soul with all you need. At any moment, you can hear Him say, “Do not fear, I am with you. I love you my precious daughter.” And you say, “I love you Lord.”

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Esther Phillips09/14/06
I felt the way of escape to a wonderful place in your article. I take care of my grandchildren and feel the need to escape sometimes. Your article reminded me of times I've enjoyed patches of wildflowers along the highways and sometimes even got out of the car and walked through them. Thanks for writing an inspiring article.
Joanne Sher 09/15/06
This is lovely - I especially enjoyed your second to last paragraph. Put spaces between your paragraphs for better readability. Wonderful message - thanks!