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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Blue (10/08/09)

TITLE: Great Gulf
By Esther Phillips


In the days following my husband’s premature death, the sadness had a way of coming over me like waves in the Gulf of Mexico coming on shore. A typical day started out with my new resolve that I and my three young children were going to get through this. As the day wore on closer to sunset, it felt like everything was piling in on top of me.

I gathered the kids together and we got on our bikes. The wind blowing through my hair felt like it was blowing the sadness away. We didn’t live far from Galveston Bay which is sometimes called the “Bay Area”. We rode our bikes to the edge of Galveston Bay. There we parked the bikes and walked out onto the pier. The waves splashed regularly against the shore and soon restored a sense of rhythm to my aching heart.

The sun slowly lowered itself closer to the horizon. We watched it turn from its creamy color to a brighter yellow and eventually to a crimson red as it made its way down out of the blue sky. While I was enjoying the sun’s descent, my kids made their way to the edge of the Bay where they got busy throwing seashells in the water and seeing how close they could get to the waves splashing on shore.

As I stood on the shore with them, I could almost see my husband in his boat. He loved to go out in it and trolled for shrimp or just spent some time fishing. It became a peaceful time for me before we had to head back to the house before dark.

After we returned to our house, the evening ritual of getting baths, snacks, and crawling into bed began. Then I was back to being all alone once more.

That great Gulf of Mexico was instrumental in helping me save my sanity. After I sent the kids to school each morning, I would again get on my bike and ride to the water’s edge. For the longest time, it was the act of revisiting the place that my husband loved so much that kept me afloat.

Eventually a gentleman came along and started calling on me. We enjoyed many days sitting under the blue skies at the water’s edge.
Eventually I married him and we moved away from the Galveston Bay. It isn’t terribly far from where I live now so every so often I am compelled to get in the car and drive back out there to revisit my friend, the Great Gulf.

I’m so glad God saw fit to provide the waterways for us. In Genesis 1:10 are these words, “God called the dry ground ‘Land,’ and the gathered waters he called ‘seas.’ And God saw that it was good.” Yes, indeed it was (and is) very good.

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Philippa Geaney 10/16/09
Yes God is good and has so many layers of intent. I think that entitles you or the woman in the story to say 'He had me in mind for my good when He created this Gulf of Mexico".
diana kay10/16/09
this is very good. I love the description of the grief coming in waves like the gulf of mexico and the ocean descriptions. I too have been aquianted with grief through the premature death of a loved one. this peice is one of truth understanding and hope. A great peice maybe a winner but if not be proud of this honest and exellent writing
Mildred Sheldon10/16/09
Thank you for sharing such a heart wrenching story. I felt your pain and I have witnessed such heart ache and despair but all thanks to God for His love which carries us through all things.
Colin Nielsen10/19/09
Thank you for sharing this emotional piece. I enjoyed reading it.