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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)

TITLE: Trust Restored
By Emily Blakely
03/01/08


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A parent with a good heart, fully wholesome, loyal and true, may not recognize or even suspect the character of an adult who differs. It may be a neighbor or relative, but they are trusted. Given an opportunity, betraying trust, they slither and sneak their way with subtle words to the very heart of young innocence. A character patterned precisely after the father of evil.

And so, an innocentís eyes are opened at what most rational, caring adults would think is too early an age. But the mind of God knows other possibilities.

What would the young see with eyes opened? Good and evil leap to their understanding. Creator God has put His thumb print on every heart, and even the young can be drawn straight to Him. The decision is simple and perhaps more clear then, than at any other time in their life. God, the Father of Light, stretches out His hand that holds the greatest and eternal Gift of Salvation for those who seek Him. He restores trust.

One so fortunate, though young, can look forward to a lifetime of knowing God, and eventually come to recognize a need to thank Him for turning something evil to good in their life, as I did. God shined His Light on the evil and allowed me to face it rather than shrink away.

How can we really know the goodness of God without knowing evilness also? To partake of the tree of the knowledge of good AND evil...


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Joanne Sher 03/07/08
Much to ponder here - keep writing! A lot of truth in this short piece.
Shirley McClay 03/11/08
Very interesting devotional! Keep writing!