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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Retreat (as in quiet time away) (08/01/05)

TITLE: It's All About Him
By Nancy Clark


Have you ever thought of a retreat as traveling in your car; spending that quiet, meditative state with God as you enjoy His creation? I dont mean the hectic running of red lights, cars switching lanes so close in front of you that you can smash a nat between your bumper and theirs, horns blaring because of an irate driver that you accidentally cut off and all of the disruptions that take your focus off of the Lord. I am referring to the drive on the back roads at a sensible pace so you can actually concentrate on what you see.

I am abundantly blessed with a husband who enjoys driving. Often when we travel, we will turn off the CD player (I dont think we have listened to the car radio since we got the car!), which is usually ushering us before Gods Throne because the CD is our church choir music. We have no particular place to go or time to get there. We are on an unknown journey and were looking for the unexpected.

In our individual solitude and quietness, we find Him. Hes been waiting. He stands with arms open wide, the most beautiful smile on His face that anyone will ever see; eyes twinkling and both dimples creasing His cheeks. My breath catches in my chest, the love I see in His eyes is beyond what I can comprehend. He loves me more than human words can express! He died for me! And all He asks is that I believe in and live for Him, that my life would be a living epistle for others to read so that they can come to His saving grace. I can show them the way to eternal life just as I was shown. The Great Commission handed down to each of us share Jesus with your world.

We stop along the side of the road so I can capture the works of His hands; the incredible flowers, the bright colors with drops of dew, the intricate details and aromas; the little stream as it signs over the rocks; the birds and water fowl indigenous to Florida. Oh yes, and there he lies the Florida gator, a swift and silent death for unsuspecting prey yet a necessary part of all that God has made. One more quick snap of the camera and Im sprinting to the car!

Balance. Work and leisure. Prayer and praise.

I hear that still soft Voice deep within my soul. Be My earthly Hands, write these words, share this story so others will know of Me. Maybe you need a car retreat. You never know when The Unexpected may want to speak to you.

Call upon Me and I will answer thee; and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV)

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Brandi Roberts08/09/05
Beautiful! I had my own little "retreat" very similar yesterday.
Debra Brand08/10/05
Great entry!
dub W08/11/05
Although sometimes you mixed the we/me pronouns, and I found it difficult to determine if hubby was included, the overall essay had a lot of meaning. Good work.
Beth Muehlhausen08/11/05
Nice thoughts. I liked this: "In our individual solitude and quietness, we find Him. Hes been waiting."