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Topic: Donít Look Back (04/19/12)
TITLE: Bearly Scriptural
By darlene thompson
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After several hours of quiet meditation and thankfulness for God's palette of creation, I descended into the pristine valley below. Slowly I eased down the narrow trails to a clump of standing pines. I was lost in the rapture of the joys I had seen.
As I neared the last few trees, a dark figure emerged from behind the last pine tree. Standing before me was a 200 pound black bear. My heart thundered clapped in my chest. I looked at the bear as he sniffed the cool air.
My mind raced to all those up pieces of advice on what to do when confronted by a bear. Yelling and shouting did not seem appropriate because my lips would not form sounds. Running was not an option either as my legs felt like solid cement. I was frozen in time. The bear stared at me and moved slowly toward me. Suddenly, he stopped and sniffed the air again. With pounding heart, I eased backwards toward a small knoll. Near the knoll my feet took flight and soon I dashed to the top. In my ears I heard, "Don't look back! Don't look back!"
Finally, I stopped to catch my breath. Below, I could see the bear had moved across the grass and waded a slow moving stream. Soon he disappeared into the forest.
The encounter with the bear reminded me of my own Christian life. It is better not to look at "those things behind me but press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
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