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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Walk (07/20/06)

TITLE: This Is The Way
By Andrea Cooper


He stood next to her, her eyes unseeing. He wished more than anything that He could wipe away her tears and take all her pain away, but He knew there was nothing He could do until her heart allowed Him in. Instead, He stood beside her, never His taking eyes from her own, and counted each tear that He caught in His hand.

“I don’t know what to do.” He heard her whisper. “I try and I try, but I just don’t know what to do.”

He felt the pain and anguish in her voice. It tore at His heart and brought tears to His eyes. Try as He may, He couldn’t manage to open her eyes to His truth. What could He do but to stand by and wait for the perfect moment…

Days passed away and weeks turned to months. With each passing moment, her heart grew farther and farther away. As much as she tried to find her own way through the darkness—there was always a dead end or a hole in the road that pulled her down. Yet, He was always there, walking just a few feet behind her…waiting to hear her call His name.

The words never came.

One day, it became obvious that His beloved’s heart was bound up tight in the hands of His enemy. There was so much meant for her—so much that He wanted to give her. His heart loved her so…

Turning to His angels, He commanded in His strong and capable voice, “Walk before her. Help guide her through every trouble. Every storm that should come her way, be her light and her comfort. In time, she’ll know I’m here.”

So, the angels walked before her. Without ever noticing their presence or understanding the strange peace that settled in her heart, she overcame the battles that had seemed so daunting. There were moments when she could see trouble brewing and feel the fear well up within her. She was so certain of a terrible fate that she froze in her steps and refused to walk a foot farther. “Help me!” she found herself whisper in the dark. “I know You’re there!” She held out her hand and waited for Him to take it.

At that moment, the rush of angels wings sounded in her ears and peace overflowed within her heart…and a smile lifted the corners of her lips.

“Walk with me.” She heard Him say. “Hold tight to my hand…and simply walk with me.”

My gift to you amidst the darkness:

“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
This is the way, walk in it.” ~Isaiah 30:21 (NKJV)

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Marilyn Schnepp 07/27/06
I loved it! It touched me to the point of a lump in my throat; Short, sweet and to the point. Good job.
Chuck Myers07/28/06
This is really a wonderful idea, and the idea of using "His beloved's heart..." is a wonderful tie to the part that comes before, and the part that comes after - tying it all together.

There are a couple of areaas that need to be redone and tightened up, but they are pretty minor to the whole story.

Well done.