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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Space (01/23/06)

TITLE: Lost in Space
By Mary MacKinnon


In a nightmare when I was five years old, I fell over and over through the blackness of space, twisting and turning as I plummeted down. A call thundered and then echoed around me, “Lost! Lost!” My mother ran to wake me and comfort me but the dream left a mark. A deep-seated fear of being lost was stored in my subconscious, put there, I believe, by a loving Heavenly Father.

That fear got pushed deep into my subconscious and for years I ignored it. Life was interesting. We moved many times and each time, being the new girl in my class, I received special attention. When we moved from Alabama to Minnesota my classmates all wanted me to “say something” so they could hear my southern accent. I thoroughly enjoyed life and went my own way just as Isaiah said in chapter 53. God was certainly not in control of my life. When my mother decided to be baptized, the pastor asked if I wanted to. I liked doing everything with my mother so I went into the baptismal waters a sinner--and came up wet—a sinner still. Nothing had changed inside me and I kept on going “my own way.”

When I played the bass viol in our high school orchestra, a young man, George, offered to carry the instrument down to the auditorium for me Afterward he drove me home and we started dating. My high school graduation present from him was a diamond engagement ring. George’s family were of German descent and enjoyed liquor in their home and festivities. I was a teetotaler and dreaded alcohol because I had seen the damage it did in my grandfather’s life. When George found I disliked it, he stopped drinking. I thought. Then one day his mother commented in my hearing, “George only drinks when Mary isn’t around.” The discussion that sparked ended with my returning the ring. We broke up.

In my disappointment my life was under a cloud for days but slowly I found joy in life again, and things got much better when I got a job in the Civil Service Bureau. Out of habit I still went to church regularly with my mother and grandmother. One week a young evangelist from Northwestern Bible School in Minneapolis held meetings every night at our church. He was a tremendous saxophone player and I went more to hear his playing then to hear his message. Until…

One night as he spoke the old fear of being lost which God had implanted many years before flared up from my subconscious. Going my own way had estranged me from God’s way. For the first time I realized that I was lost just as I had been while plummeting through the blackness of space years before in my nightmare. Until now I had been totally unaware of it. Now the fear increased in intensity and I was faced with the most important decision of my life. Would I stay lost, keep on going my own way, or would I turn and go God’s way?

I was sitting in a pew with four of my girl friends when an invitation was given for those who wanted to go God’s way to step into the aisle. “How can they stay here in the pew?” I wondered as I pushed past them. As I made peace with God, a wave of peace enveloped me and has comforted me ever since. I was lost but God knew it and came after me, a lost sheep. He found me and saved me.

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Cassandra D'Addio02/04/06
Very good analogy, well done!