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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Africa (03/05/09)

TITLE: A Sapphire in the Zambezi Mist
By Jim McWhinnie


My ears were filled with the roar of constant thunder; my face was covered with the mist of ancient waters; my eyes were dazzled by the dance of momentary rainbows coming to life. I was but a wisp of humanity witnessing the majesty of Godís Creation, humbled by it all yet somehow empowered by it all.

The soul of Africa is found in this Eden known by most as Victoria Falls, a name ironically imposed by colonial powers who came late in the history of this vast continentís beating heart. Here in the thundering mist and in the dancing rainbows one meets the spirit of this land; its way of hidden mystery, its way of untamed power, its way of somehow keeping touch with ancient origins. Here at the foot of Victoria Falls, one can become lost in Africa.

Here the great river, the great Zambezi, in one dramatic act of grandeur descends into a deeper realm to create out of itself something even more, something unexpected, something that reminds us that the river of God is filled with power. For miles and miles the Zambezi flows patiently, relentlessly, even sometimes lazily, then here at this fracture in the earth, the sheer weight of its eternal flow explodes into a few moments of mist and fog only then to reassemble itself as the flowing river once more.

And as I get lost in praise at the wonder of it all and in the wonder that I am alive to experience it all, a brilliant flash of sparkling blue dances before me. It is a butterfly, a tiny gossamer of sapphire. She seems too delicate, too fragile, to be in the midst of this brawny, awesome cauldron of overwhelming power, yet she holds her own. She accomplishes her flight. She even snatches my attention away from the mighty falls, making them but a background for her playful charm. Then I realize that this is her realm more than mine as I note that the mist of the great Zambezi tries to kiss her wings.

The majesty of God is found in equal share here in the heart of Africa in both the mighty river and in the mighty butterfly.

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Loren T. Lowery03/12/09
Beautifully put prose and allusions. Your descriptions not only puts the reader right there in the heart of Africa, but enables them as well to see the writer's heart.
Lynda Schultz 03/12/09
Love that last line.
Christina Banks 03/12/09
Well done. I can feel the great waterfall. I love the last line.
Jana Kelley03/12/09
This is beautiful. I felt as if I was standing right there with you!
Jana Kelley03/12/09
This is beautiful. I felt as if I was standing right there with you!
Josiah Kane03/12/09
This is a beautiful description of the splendor of Africa and of course the Glory of God! Yet even this recount only hints at the majesty of both. I really wish you could have gone on and said a bit more about both wonders, possibly mentioning the African name "Mosi-oa-Tunya". Keep up with the evocative writing.
Ruth Ann Moore03/12/09
I love the word pictures in the first paragraph of the mist of ancient waters, and a wisp of humanity. Nicely Done!
Coleene VanTilburg 03/13/09
This was so beautiful. what I was reminded of actually was God Himself; His mighty power and strength and his constant movement in our lives, and the still small voice that floats within us with gentleness and unconditional love transforming us into a precious gem. thank you.
Karlene Jacobsen03/14/09
I loved the imagery here.
Connie Dixon03/15/09
Very descriptive, I felt like I was getting wet in the last paragraph. Good writing!
Shayne Catoe03/16/09
I was touched by your poetic word picture at the end. The waterfall, butterfly, mist, the creation of the Lord, etc. Beautifully done.