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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Happy (07/12/07)

TITLE: Maker's Joy
By Lisa Holloway


I was flying. Careening through the clear blue sky, cool breezes dancing through the tangles of my hair, I spread my arms wide and faced the open distance. I could smell the salt faintly in the air, and I looked down to the white foam capping the deepness caressed by ocean waves.

Down below, a small white boat rose and fell with the swelling of the water. A man and a woman walked the deck coiling ropes and viewing the distant horizon, smiling the deep smiles of people satisfied with their existence, accepting all its hardships and joys. The sun shone on their faces. They inhaled the same salt air as I. Their open hearts accepted with gladness the Maker’s creation. An infinitesimal speck upon the vastness of ocean, they knew their smallness, and it was good; there was still One large enough to hold the ocean in His hand. They felt His smile joining theirs in the piece of glory He’d set before them to experience in their journey.

Dolphins leaped through the waves nearby, laughter and joy expressed in their every movement. Higher and higher they leaped, until it seemed they must also touch the glory of their Creator and sense that He designed them to rejoice in His presence and all He made for them.

And through it all, the sunbeams shone down from Heaven, the fingers of God touching His creation above, just as He rocked the swells of the ocean to lullaby His creatures far below. Life teemed there, precious and filled with the purpose of their Maker, given into the hands of His people to guard and to wonder at the artistry of the Lord.

My open arms embracing the wind reached out to all He had given me. I smiled along with the man and woman in the boat, reveling in the joys of life—work to strengthen me, hurts endured to teach me compassion, love that I may learn to both give and receive with grace and selflessness, a husband and children to know me in all my ugly moments and yet still, unbelievably, love me—something small within my grasp that I may begin to understand an infinitely larger love.

I felt my smallness in the midst of the water and the air that I could take in, but never contain, and exhaled a sigh of relief that I did not need to. A kind ray of sun stroked my face with gentle warmth, while fresh cool air filled my nostrils and lungs. The wings of a giant ray tipped on either side of the tiny boat below, briefly taking the weight of the hull on its back before gliding back into the salty coolness.

I held to that moment of perfection, flying through the air, then felt it fade as I stirred into wakefulness. The dawn was beginning to break softly through the shades, and a single sweet ray of light touched my pillow.

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Virginia Gorg07/19/07
I almost expected this to be a bird telling the story. Nicely done, but I thought it was a really quick transition from dreaming to wakefulness. I do like your descriptive phrases and words. This has a good flow and reads well. :)
Kristen Hester07/19/07
Nice writing. I could picture the beautiful scene you are describing.
Donna Howard07/20/07
This is wonderful! I love your descriptions and it flows beautifully. I thought you diving into the water from some high point. I was surprised by the ending, but not disappointed. Good job!
Dolores Stohler07/24/07
This is absolutely beautiful, every line so poetic and exquisitely written. I'm going to add this to my favs.
Should be a winner.
Joy Faire Stewart07/26/07
Congratulation on your well deserved win. Your writing is beautiful!
Dee Yoder 07/26/07
Congratulations on your winning entry!
Glorey Wooldridge07/26/07
This gives new expression to the term "sweet sleeps" mentioned in the Psalms! Nice job.
Loren T. Lowery07/27/07
This is so much hidden beauty in this piece; and its reading cannot, should not be rushed. Wow! I can see why this placed and I'm glad that I was able to stop by to read it.
BTW, you left a note on my entry "Something More" I just wanted to say you are absolutely correct as to the metaphores of the piece. Thank-you for the kind comment and once again congratulations on this wonderful essay!