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

TITLE: The Waiting
By Juanima Hiatt


Trust and obey... Trust and obey. The words spin through my head weaving a web of bitter emotions. I canít do it anymore. Though I admit that faith has never been my strongpoint. Iím too stubborn. Too much of my life surviving and not enough living. Iím not even sure I know what that means.... to live.

I remember a time years ago when I was a spiritual warrior. If youíve ever heard the term ďholy rollerĒ, that was me. Oh, I was on fire. But then... I donít know what happened. I canít remember. Somewhere along the road I changed. I transformed from a faith so solid, so brave, so sure... to a weak faith in which I tremble because Iím not sure whether or not God will be there for me. Iím not sure if I can trust Him. Iím not sure if Heíll fulfill His promises. What kind of faith is that?

And yet Heís taken me on this journey. Despite my doubt in Him, I see evidence of Him in my life. Or maybe thatís my ďfaith like a mustard seedĒ... just believing Heís there somewhere. But I canít feel Him. I havenít felt Him for a long time. I have had nights of endless tears with my face to the floor begging for Him to touch me. Begging for Him to speak to me. The tears fall into empty silence. I hear nothing.

For three years now I have been a prisoner to my past, and my family has suffered with me. I have two little girls who live in uncertainty, wondering if their Mama will be okay. Wondering why their Mama cries. Why sheís upset all the time. And behind closed doors, their Mama lies on the bed weeping with clenched fists wondering when the pain will end. Wondering when Godís loving hand will sweep over her house and bring peace once more. Wondering when she will feel joy again. When she will laugh. When she will live. When I will live.

I am not walking. I am crawling. I am tired. I am weak. But isnít that when God wants us most? When we have finally grasped in our weary state that we are insufficient by our own efforts? That we cannot walk alone and thrive? That we need Him?

Three years ago I gave birth to a 9 lb. 14 oz. baby girl. The delivery was traumatic, and they tell me it was that trauma that triggered the nightmare I live in now. Reliving the 12 years of abuse that started when I was just seven. The age my oldest daughter is now. Every day I am reminded of the reality of my past. Pain I thought I was over long ago, and now they call it Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Never sleeping because the bad guys come to me every night in my dreams. Flashbacks of horrible violence. Memories and intrusive thoughts when Iím awake. Anxiety.... I want this to end.

I thought Iíd left it all behind. When I was 19 I rededicated my life to Christ, went to Bible College and grew spiritually. God really used me there. God used me! And though I struggled, I felt I had purpose. Now, I struggle just to see the light of tomorrow. God, what happened? Why now? I know in my heart thereís a reason. I know deep in my heart You must be saying, ďJust hold on, little one. Hold on.Ē So many times I donít feel like I can. Donít feel....

Thereís a woman who has a ministry dedicated to women in prison. A dear friend of mine recently started helping her, but she needs more help and there are eyes on me for possibility. What possibilities? Oh...but then for the briefest moment I remember a day years ago when I lifted the chin of a grieving girl who had just spoken about her abuse for the first time. I told her God would bring healing to her broken heart and then I held her in my arms as she wept. And now I wonder... will God give me that strength again? Will I someday be able to stand tall and smile the grace of God at those with shattered hopes and dreams and tell them with all certainty and conviction that God has a purpose for their life and that they will be healed?

Wow. Just writing that made me sit a little taller. Maybe God is listening....

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Marilyn Schnepp 07/28/06
Not only did God listen, but a fellow traveler on this old rocky road called life listened...Me. And you gave me hope, encouragaed me and made me realize I am not the only one in the world struggling with my faith. Thanks for sharing. Very nice entry, and well written.