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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: His Innocent and Trusting Child
By Sally Hanan


I mount the stairs with weary feet and lean against the bedroom door in relief. God, I made it today. Thank-you!

I lock the door. I do not want to be disturbed.

Worship harmonies begin to curl through the airy room space, and I kneel on my pillow, eyes pressed into the bedcover, to focus on my savior.

I hold out my hands at the cross and give him everything I can: my thoughts, my fears, my sins of the daylight hours. He stands by me, taking each one as I rest them in his hands. He does not peruse each item; his arm reaches back and then jerks forward to throw them into the ocean. Now I am free to worship and listen.

“Here I am to worship; here I am to bow down...” I stand and raise my arms. They never seem to reach high enough; I want them to reach heaven, to touch his countenance with the delight of a two year old. I want to stare into his eyes and disappear there. I want to melt into him until we become one again. I in you and you in me, Lord. Breathe in me, breathe through me, mold me into the shape of your hands.

I hear a word, and turn some gold edged pages to find its context. The written words cause tears to pack my eyes. “Lord,” I cry, “you know me so well. Thank-you for that encouragement, that comfort.”

His spirit blows through me, causing people’s faces and names to come to mind. I ask for his words to be whispered into minds, for comfort and peace to fill hearts, for messengers to bring good news. With the authority of his name, I command circumstances to change, illnesses to leave.

I feel his spirit lift my feet, and I dance across the carpeted floor, feeling silly, but with joy in my heart. My smile horizontal, my arms vertical, I bow my head in humility and fall on the floor, soaking, sponging up his love.

There I remain in his infinity.

The music ends. I rub my forehead to bring back the circulation, place my Bible back onto the nightstand and close the door behind me.

I can be his innocent and trusting child again. He is all I need.

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Helen Paynter05/03/07
This was really beautiful, and inspired me to find that secret place for myself again. Thank you.
Jacquelyn Horne05/03/07
Sweet communion in the "prayer closet". How wonderful and encouraging it is.
Joanne Sher 05/06/07
I wonder if this is who I think it is :) Regardless, this is absolutely magical and holy. It sent chills up my spine. I smell a winner (LOL though I'm rarely good at guessing them!).
Crystal Dueck05/07/07
WOW Wowow! So beautiful!!! That just so beautifully describes what our time with the Lord should be like and can be like every time! a favourite of mine for sure!
Jan Ackerson 05/08/07
Love the concept of the "weary feet" contrasted with the "spirit-lifted feet" after the worship time. Wonderful touch.
Cheri Hardaway 05/08/07
Beautiful and inspiring... how precious is our time with Him. Blessings, Cheri
Jan Ross05/08/07
Beautifully wondrous is His majesty which calls us to Him in intimate communion -- the experience you've described so well. Isn't He wonderful?
Patty Wysong05/09/07
Soooo good! I was there with you and when you said your hands never seem to reach high enough I found someone like myself. Worship. It's so important! Thank you.
Loren T. Lowery05/09/07
Can there ever be any place better than what you've described here. Wonderful job, great devotional - thank-you for sharing your heart.
Rita Garcia05/09/07
You painted a perfect picture of entering His thorne room, where we find His mercy and His grace. Thank you for this reminder of the importance of time alone with Him!
Marilyn Schnepp 05/19/07
A beautiful devotional that brings us to our knees like an innocent child. I needed this, and I thank you for the offering you have given to my heart on this, God's Holy Sabbath Day. God Bless.
Jan Ackerson 01/28/08
Sally, I'd love to use this piece for the Front Page Showcase for the week of Feb. 11. Look for it on the FW home page!
Beth LaBuff 02/12/08
These is so much to consider in this beautifully written piece. Congrats on being the FW Frontpage Showcase author with this.
Lisa Smith02/13/08
that is awesome. Makes me want to lock the office door, go home, go into my room and worship!!
Had a rough day so that was truly a reminder of how God loves us coming to Him anytime!
Thank you
Lisa Smith
Joanne Sher 02/17/08
Just lovely, Sally. I wonder whose I thought this was back in May? LOL Definitely fitting for the front page. Congrats :)