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

TITLE: The Earth Is The Lord's
By Alexandra Wilkin


The twilight has slipped over the earth; all the stars are woven into the unending borders and scattered along the eternal landscape of the universe that lies beyond. The landscapes’ hues have melted down until orange was deepened and made husky with russet. It merged through the depths of lavender until the sky was as velvet.

It is a vast and endless space.

The flower is slender in the stem, the petals are shaped elegantly, others strongly; some are sleek and richly green and waxy – so waxy that in sunlight, it catches the light on its surface. Some petals are beautifully coloured in hues as varied as the sky, shaped to catch the eye with its tilt of head or curve to its sides.

It is intricate in its detail.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air – they do not sow or reap or put away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them*

(*Matthew 6:25-26 NIV)

Such attention to detail.

No matter how vast his creation to our human eye, our Heavenly Father sees every tiny detail. There is nothing He does not see, nothing He does not know. Dear Lord only you know how much there is to see. And I know that what I do see is only part of what is to be seen; that the beauty I see with my physical eye is a reflection of your glory. I praise you Lord, and I pray: teach me Lord and guide me that I may be good in your sight, for you see even the smallest detail in all this vast space.


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Marilyn Schnepp 02/01/06
A beautiful painting, not with a brush - but with words; describing the beauty of God's universe, His sky, the delicate petals and a lovely prayer of Thanks to the Almighty! I liked it very much! Well written.
Cheryl Harrison02/02/06
This is beautiful. It would make a lovely gift book. I can see it now, sitting on bookstore shelves everywhere, with illustrations to match your wonderful word pictures. God Bless.
Shari Armstrong 02/02/06
This has the feel of a poem. I loved the descriptions.
Debbie Sickler02/02/06
I think this was good, even the last paragraph you said you didn't like. The only thing I would suggest changing would be to add to the beginning more. It seemed short, especially since you included a verse which was almost as long as your own words. Maybe it could be lengthened with more examples of God's attention to detail. I liked it, just want to see more of your beautiful word pictures!
Corinne Smelker 02/02/06
I agree that this could have been expanded, it shows such promise but leaves the reader wanting more personal examples
Jan Ackerson 02/02/06
This is lyrical and poetic--quite beautiful. There are a few minor tense shifts in the first two paragraphs, but all in all this is a very moving piece. Thank you for writing it.
Lynda Lee Schab 02/02/06
What you're saying in this piece is awesome! The message is crystal clear and made me stop and think. I did notice the tense changes. Buff it up a bit and you could have a winner!
Blessings, Lynda
Garnet Miller 02/02/06
This is very poetic. When things in our lives seem to be spinning out of control, it's nice to really "see" nature and know that the entire universe is under God's watchful eye. And, all is in perfect working order!

Maxx .02/03/06
"Such attention to detail."

Enough said. Excellent work.
Jeffrey Snell02/03/06
Sweet, refreshing devotional! Thanks!
Pat Guy 02/03/06
A beutiful devotion. One to begin your day. Really beautiful.