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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Encouragement (among believers) (11/08/07)

TITLE: Through Gods Eyes
By Betty Overstreet


“What a beautiful day! God is so good to give us all these wonderful creations to look at. “ whispered Clara Maye, as though she felt any loudness might take away the awesomness of the moment

How in the world can she speak of “Seeing”? thought Sally. She hasn’t been able to see anything for years but still loves to go on these walks. If I couldn’t see I wouldn’t even dream of walking around through the woods like this. I’d be scared to death I might trip over something.

“ Sally, you don’t really enjoy these walks do you?” Clara Maye interrupted Sally’s thoughts.

“Of course I enjoy them. I love spending time with you, but I sometimes wonder how you seem to ‘see’ everything, though we both know you have very little sight left.”

Clara Maye walked slowly on down the path, reached out and picked a leaf from a bush. Raising it first to her nose then softly brushing it across her cheek she replied, “Sally, God allows us to see each creation through His eyes if we let Him. The fragrance we smell lets us know if the leaf is new and freshly grown or just a little difference lets us know it is older and about ready to fall to the ground. As we touch them we can also tell how they are shaped and the texture lets us imagine how it looks.”

“ Another reason I love to walk through the woods, Sally, is the sounds of each creature that is watching us along the trail. As I hear the tender chirping of a bird or the scampering sound of a squirrel rushing to hid some treasure to be hidden away for the winter I know they are just a few of God’s little gifts for our enjoyment.”

“Wow, Clara Maye, I have never stopped to truly enjoy the woods in the way you do! Could we just sit down for a little while on this stump over here and maybe you would help me see it through your eyes for a little while. I think I have been missing out on lots of beautiful things by not using all the senses God made me to use.”

“ I am so glad that I moved into the house next to you, Clara Maye, and I hope you can find lots of time to hang out with me! Let’s pray together that God will open my eyes so that I can “See” as well as you do.

“Sally, I believe the scales have already begun to fall away, laughed Clara, but I sure hope we can spend lots of time together in the future”.

“Now, lead me to that stump, give me a big hug and let’s pray, giving God thanks for bringing us together. I think He has plans for our friendship to become something very special.”

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Seema Bagai 11/15/07
A beautiful story of friendship. Good work.
Jan Ackerson 11/16/07
This is inspiring and precious.

You might want to work a bit on dialogue--sometimes it sounded not quite natural, and some of the dialogue punctuation needs editing.

You really nailed the topic with a sweet example of Christian encouragement.
Pam Carlson-Hetland11/19/07
This is an enjoyable story of Christian friendship. I liked that the encouragement came from the lady with the loss of vision instead of the other way around. Keep writing. This is good.