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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Time-consuming (02/24/11)

TITLE: THE BEATING OF THE CLOCK
By Jean Beier
02/24/11


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It’s funny how time-consuming, thoughts and words can be. They swirl around my mind as I set about the task of writing the book on prayer. So many thoughts, so many words, so many questions!

The white clear page on the computer glows with the black cursor blinking, mocking my inability to form the thoughts into mind grabbing words.

It is here that the blinking curser starts blending with the ticking of the clock. Flash, tick, flash, tock, flash, tick, flash, tock, and on it goes.

I pose my fingers on the key board and decide to just let the one word thoughts flow out my fingers. I feel the touch of the keys and I begin to type words like: prayer, silent, loud, knelling, altar, standing, walking, sitting, answered, miracle, healing, scripture, God, Jesus. All fine words to describe prayer, yet, I feel I have left out something important, a word or thought, or question, that has not yet passed through my fingers.

Flash, tick, flash, tock, flash, tick, flash, tock …

Flash! Then another word pops out, Gethsemane. Tick, flash, tock….

More words come to mind: watch, sleep, blood tears, take away, cross, God’s will be done. Now more Jesus words come forth such as, Father forgive, My God, I thirst, It is finished, and into Your hands.

Suddenly I see the flashing stop, yet I still hear in my mind the tick and the tock of the clock counting off the time-consuming seconds of life. The words all come together for me now. My thinking and typing have brought me to the most important prayers of all.Those are the prayers lifted up for the lost people who have not heard or refuse to hear the good news of Jesus. They do not believe He suffered the cross, giving them salvation from their sins, and a free pass to God.

And the other important prayer is the one we say to repent for our sins and to receive Jesus into our hearts. The one in which we totally surrender our life to the service of our Lord.

Tick, tock, tick, tock….life is passing by in an ever-consuming speed. It eats up our time to be redeemed.

It is my prayer as I seriously start the writing of the book on prayer that the words of salvation prayer will be already ringing out in every corner of this earth. God is waiting and listening to hear that all important prayer directed to His son Jesus. It is my prayer right now that no one is letting the clock beat them.

Tick, tock, tick, tock …


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Leola Ogle 03/03/11
Excellent article. It puts into words how so many of us feel as we sit to write. How marvelous that this was on such an important topic as prayer! God bless!
Brenda Rice 03/03/11
You have captured the topic perfectly, in my opinion. The flow of this is very good. The information is very good. All in all...very good. Blessings.
diana kay03/04/11
you used the word count and the time well in writing this little gem. I love it!
Mildred Sheldon03/05/11
Beautifully written and your hit the nail square on the head. I truy enjoyed your story. Thank you for putting into words what should be in each heart already. Good job and keep writing.
Bonnie Bowden03/07/11
Excellent use of words to get the message across.