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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Vision (08/03/06)

TITLE: Anticipation
By Stephen Paynter


Life behind. Now, an inexorable journey down a dark tunnel. However, there is a glow ahead, and as I draw closer, the brightness increases. It won't be long before I am catapulted into this light.

My excitement mounts, tinged with just a little apprehension. Soon I will see ... I will apprehend the Imago Dei - a vision of the divine being. I will bask in the presence of the Holy One. I will be confronted with the weight of his majesty - the glory of his character. I will see what no mortal son of Adam could ever have seen without being destroyed. I will see what Moses asked to see. He was only given a glimpse of the afterglow of his back. I will see him whose trailing robes filled the temple in Isaiah's day with glory.

And I will see him who died for me, the one who perfectly reflects the Father. Love wells within me at the thought that I will encounter him who is so pure, so good, so true, yet who gave up his reputation that I might find cleansing, forgiveness, adoption and justification.

My mind grasps with eagerness the thought that I have already been justified ... declared not only not guilty, but actually righteous in the Holy God's eyes. He who will not look upon evil has gazed upon me and found no blemish ... because of the cross! This verdict was passed when I first placed my trust solely in my Redeemer, casting myself upon his mercy.

Soon, very soon, I will encounter this awesome God, and there will be a judgement. I know, however, my acceptance has already been pronounced. I cling to that hope. Long ago I gave up any other. Itís laughable to think to find some act of mine worthy of being paraded before this God. I know so clearly at this moment that there is no such deed that would withstand the scrutiny. My only hope is in the deeds of another. And his life has already been pronounced acceptable, for he has been raised from the dead.

The circle of light grows rapidly. Larger and larger. I have mere moments more to wait before I will see him in his beauty - face to face. What will I see? Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and John all had to resort to symbol laden pictures with multiple unreconciled metaphors to describe their vision of him. They used analogies which became increasing vague and out of focus the nearer they got to the throne, and especially, to him who sits upon it. Soon I will see for myself. I have no doubt that, even to myself, I also will have to articulate my vision in such terms. Transcendence cannot be tamed by sight.

I step into the light, and I am transformed. I dwell in the presence of the One.

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Jan Ackerson 08/10/06
This is powerful writing! I love the short sentences in the first and last paragraphs, and your writerly vocabulary, and you paragraph about the laughability of finding a worthy act in your own righteousness. Superb.
Sue Dent08/11/06
I don't know why but this brings to mind, for me, the song, "I can only imagine," by Mercy Me! And makes me feel about the same way I do when I hear that song. Amazing!! Simply Amazing!
david grant08/12/06
Very interesting. Im thinking how this could be presented to an unsaved audience and get them wondering. Maybe a little deeper insight as to what you feel would do it. It could be easily expanded with a little work. Nice job.
Stephen Paynter08/14/06
In the second para, it should be "Visio Dei" not
"Imago Dei". Whoops! Sorry.
Caitlynn Lowe08/14/06
An interesting piece, with some nice imagery as well.
terri tiffany08/14/06
great imagery and good build up of anticipation - yes- great title!:)
Jan Ross08/15/06
Beautiful ... "Anticipation" sums it up so well! Really, really well done! :)

Joanne Sher 08/16/06
Your language is SO beautiful and poetic here. I know you want critique, but I don't know how to help you - I have no suggestions, other than to keep writing. I especially loved your second to last paragraph!
Sue Dent08/17/06
Okay, Stephen, I'm serious now, you better build another bookshelf!!! I'm going to be very upset if you make it to masters before me -- NOT!!! Grand job!