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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Reading (01/25/07)

TITLE: Illuminate...
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01/29/07


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A sudden gust of arctic air sweeps down the slopes of the craggy mountain peaks and slams into the heart of our valley. The impact startles the leaves still clinging to the ancient oak outside my study. I hear them rustle their displeasure at being disturbed, while another blast rattles the shutters, causing them to chatter like cold teeth. The commotion breaks my concentration.

Wrapped in a quilt, snug in my recliner, I draw the edges of the warm blanket tighter about me. It is past midnight, approaching the early morning hours. I remain awake, troubled by what I am reading in the Scriptures, unable to find clear meaning.

On the table beside me are stacks of reference books and study guides, sullen from being abandoned. Useless things. I’ve scoured them page-by-page, to no avail. My knowledge is nearly equal to most of these scholars, so deemed. It’s not enough. I need, want…more.

My frustration comes out in a desperate sigh. I lift the beloved Book, feel the soft cover mold to my hands, breathe in the familiar smell of well-worn leather. I try reading again, but end up pressing the pages to my heart, willing them to transfer to the deeper recesses of my being…anything to quench this intense hunger and thirst for understanding.

My eyes close to the sound of the wind hurling its force against the little cabin. The timbers shudder and cower in response. I try shutting out the noise with a passionate plea.

“Eternal One, within whom the wisdom of the ages resides, these are Your words written by Your hand, and meant to be understood. Yet no one seems to know what You are saying.”

While I’m lost in my angst, the howling wind subsides, slinking away like a bully ignored. In its place comes a gentle breath, a warm whisper, hovering.

Be still.

Ruach HaKodesh. Spirit of Truth. My soul forms the words my lips cannot speak. “Holy. Holy. Holy.”

You have read My words, why are you looking to man for answers?

My eyes remain closed, my voice hushed, humbled. “How can I understand if there is no one to explain the meaning to me?”

I will teach you. Open your mind and see with your heart. Trust Me…

It is a loving rebuke, stirring the embers of my faith. Once again I lower the Bible within reading distance, where I am led to scripture after scripture.

Trust Me...

The embers ignite. "I trust You."

I compare verses, one against the other: precept upon precept-line upon line. Darkness gives way to the illumination of spiritual knowledge. Turning back to where I first began my search, I reread the passage…this time with understanding.

Outside, the wind picks up again, threatening the dawn. I close my Bible and turn off the light.

Within, there is only peace.

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1. Proverbs 8:17 “I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me.”
2. John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said to you.”
3. 1 John 2:27 “But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you…
4. Isaiah 28:9,10 “Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little and there a little.”
5. Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind in stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.
KJV


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Marilyn Schnepp 02/03/07
The setting and atmosphere surrounding this writer is written so beautifully. Like magic. The thoughts are identical to mine..."Help me to understand", but I still am unable to understand some passages; but evidently this writer has found the passport. Loved this entry! Super job! It was indeed "illuminating"...and I'll keep trying for Understanding. Thanks for this enlightening story! Well written. Nice job.
Jan Ackerson 02/03/07
I love the wind blowing through this piece! What a wonderful way to transform a good piece of writing to an absolutely wonderful one. Just that one touch...awesome.
Joanne Sher 02/03/07
Such a wonderful "showing" of the spirit. I agree - the setting makes this wonderful work even more so.
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/04/07
My heart beats a melody in echo of this wonderful writing. I, too, have sought answers from God, and His Word has whispered to my spirit. The poetic comparisons here are superb. What an outstanding piece of writing! You are an artist with words.
Jacquelyn Horne02/04/07
I also enjoyed this. It is such a true story of most of us who try to understand God's word. We really need to talk to the author more!
Allison Egley 02/06/07
When I read the first paragraph, all I could say was "Wow!" I think that's pretty much my response now that I've finished reading also. This was wonderful.
Donna Emery02/06/07
I could see this so clearly and your background evokes such a clear and wonderful sense of feeling. I felt like I was right there. Very well done. Thanks for sharing it
Pat Guy 02/06/07
One almost feels as though they should whisper after reading this - so awesome and truly connecting.

Every word - fits. I could feel each word - awesome!
Sara Harricharan 02/07/07
This is simply beautiful! It would make a great testimony/devotional! Very good you-are-there atmosphere with real emotions and feelings that I could identify with. I liked the descriptions and the 'conversation' Wonderfully written! ^_^
Julie Arduini02/07/07
I can't think of much more to add except against the frigid weather outside, your story is a great defroster. A very enjoyable read.
william price02/07/07
Mid, I really loved this. It was like a movie with dueling soundtracks, natures windy distractions versus the voice of the Holy Spirit. Its always a constant battle when reading God's Word, to tune out the world and tune in to gentle melody of the Holy Spirit who leads us and guides us into all truth.
Super anointed story. Well written too. God bless.