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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)

TITLE: Chin in Hand, He Waits...
By Tracy Walshaw


My foot touched the small rubber doll shoe embedded in the carpet, mocking me of the time I had spent looking for it in my daughter’s room and fussing about how she never took care of anything. I had stopped for a brief moment and asked You to help.

My hand touched the plastic ring of the pacifier lodged inconspicuously under the recliner, taunting me at how easily it could be found after only two hours on all fours and listening to my little son scream for “nee-nee”. Remember, this time I begged You to help.

I was actually speechless when I saw the whole one inch of space between the rear bumper of my Honda and the door of the VW Rabbit which belonged to the preacher visiting my ailing father and who never knew how, in the great rush of jumping in my car and backing up, I heard the voice that told me to stop NOW, and for once I listened.

I lived in pretty much a perpetual state of shock at having a little girl after three rough and tumble boys, remembering how I had told You that I wasn’t good enough to have a daughter; boys were great, and I loved them with all of me, but You couldn’t trust just anyone to raise a woman.

And remember when I had that small, faint feeling in me that I might just like to write, maybe one day actually be a real, bona-fide writer, and not only did You let me know that it was okay with You, but that You would sit down beside me every time I wrote a line, that we could do this thing together. You even gave me a special verse that I could cling to when I began to wonder who exactly did I think I was kidding; I couldn’t write my way through a recipe contest: “Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.” (KJV- Psalm 17:2)

I have been not only surprised each time you help me, but humbled that you know me so intimately and rush to my aid. I am in AWE of your great attention to my every need, want and desire. I am in AWE of your grace.

Words cannot express how grateful I am for You, Lord, for the way You’re sitting up there, chin in hand, waiting for someone to just actually BELIEVE that YOU ARE, and that YOU WILL. But here I am, Lord, and I do.

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Rita Garcia09/13/07
A touching and beautiful devotional! You brought to mind all the times He has came to my aid in the small things, yet not so small in that moment.
Janice Cartwright09/13/07
It is amazing isn't it, how He cares for us so intimately, how His grace spreads out to cover our every need? You expressed so well how He continually amazes and surprises me.
George Parler 09/13/07
This is a nice reflection in prayerful thanks unto God. I enjoyed reading it. Good job.
Jacquelyn Horne09/14/07
Very good devotional. Wonderful, encouragig article.
Dee Yoder 09/14/07
Amazing, isn't He? I love this! I love being reminded of how much God loves US, and how much He wants to show it every day. Wonderful devotional!
Constance Bronson09/14/07
This article is a beautiful picture of living in His presence and talking with God through every part of our day. Very satisfying to read.
Jan Ackerson 09/17/07
Great title, great conversational tone, gentle humor...this peice is the total package.