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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Embarrassment (01/12/12)

TITLE: The Mystery of Darkness
By Shanta Richard


The problem with old age is that I have more time to think, worry and feel sorry for what might have been. I perceive the darkness of melancholy falling on me and around me. I can understand that this is the result of the embarrassments of the inevitable failings that accompany the process of aging.

I often put the wrong name to familiar faces, forget dates and appointments. Credit cards, check books, keys and spectacles seem to walk away from the places I put them. Activities of daily living, take more time and effort than they used to. The darkness of age surrounds me and I gradually sink into it. The belief that I am becoming useless and worthless gains strength as days pass by.

I had graduated from nursing school at the ripe old age of sixty. As an older person, I needed more time to study, to practice, to comprehend and understand, than my classmates. Whenever I made the slightest of mistakes they embarrassed me with their condescending smiles and whispered, “She is old, you know”.

Then one day I read about Abraham and Sarah. I realized that when Sarah heard, that at her age, she was going to have a child she laughed in embarrassment. And also in the story of Zacharias and Elisabeth, the couple had wanted a child for years. Eventually they grew old and forgot about it. When Elisabeth became pregnant in her old age she hid herself in embarrassment for five months.

But yet within the darkness of that embarrassment God had hidden His mystery, a blessing and a promise. For Sarah it was her son, Isaac, her joy and laughter; for Elisabeth it was her son John, the greatest of all prophets and the forerunner of our Savior. As for myself, my embarrassment made draw closer to my God. I sought His strength and wisdom to work harder at my lessons and perform better at all my projects. As a result I won a place on the Dean’s List and graduated with honors. I also found God’s blessing in the darkness of my embarrassment – a successful nursing career.

I learnt that embarrassments could dampen my spirits and put me in a dark shell, moaning and groaning, “Poor, poor, me.” Or it could encourage me to put my best foot forward and fight the good fight. I could rejoice with King David and say:
“If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall upon me,” even the night shall be light about me. (Psalm.139:9-10).”

It is amazing that all the darkness in the world cannot hide the light of a little candle. This then is the mystery of darkness – for all its frightening appearance it is powerless against the smallest shimmering ray of God’s light. And hence no amount of embarrassments should make me forget that I am the child of Him who has overcome the world.

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Verna Mull 01/19/12
First of all, congratulations for doing such a great job of being able to graduate from nurses training after not being in school for many years, and especially making the deans list. But, most of all, congratulations for finding the only important answer to dealing with the situation. Great story.
C D Swanson 01/19/12
What an outstanding entry and amazing story.

God blessed you to go forward to get your Nursing degree at 60-Praise the Lord!
What an accomplishment!

Phenomenal job of bringing the topic to life. I loved it.

God Bless you~
Ruth Tredway 01/20/12
Great job. It takes more determination to start something new at a mature age, but if God is in it, that's where I want to be. Thanks for sharing.
Cynthia Carter01/22/12
What an inspiring and motivating way to approach this topic. Very good.
Martha Black01/22/12
I felt sorry for you at the beginning of this story, because I too am "suffering" from old age. But, I soon got over feeling sorry for you as I delighted in your achievements. The Dean's List! What a come-uppance for those young whippersnaps to see "old" you on the Dean's List! You go girl!
Brenda Rice 01/22/12
A marvelous story of success. A well written article. Thanks for sharing.
Linda Goergen01/23/12
Wonderful story and wonderful testimony of accomplishment...God’s light can indeed lead us through difficult places and bless our steps. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story of encouragement...proving it is not age but attitude and faith that matters.
C D Swanson 01/26/12
Congratulations on your win.
God Bless~
Lawrence Hebb01/26/12
I loved this story. It resonated with me a lot because with Jesus you rose above the mundane and embarrising. Well done, this was a great story.