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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “All that Glitters is Not Gold” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)

TITLE: The Shizzle Dizzle
By Sally Hanan


I was so hungry for more of God. My book collection on ways to go deeper with him was starting to fall over the edge of my nightstand. Despite the books’ claims to tell me everything I needed to know, I was still reaching out for a deep shovelful of God. I wanted to be thrown into a pit with him and never come out. No, the books didn’t do it for me.

When an attractive brochure arrived full of promises of anointing, healing and a life that would never be the same again, I knew I was ready for the next obvious step—conferences! Pushing protesting kids into the car, we took many road trips that year. Smelly motels and fast food were the destinations of preference, and throughout each day I sat at the feet of (more like 1/4 mile away from) renowned speakers. They imparted their knowledge and experience into my starving spirit as my son played his Gameboy under his legs and my daughter leaned sideways in the chair while pretending to be awake.

I would hang around at the end of a talk in the hopes that I could get some sort of touch from God or, even better, a word from God. Once, I even got a free book that a prophetic speaker signed for me, but even up close, it didn’t happen. I’m still not really sure why I thought that this would give me depth; to be honest, I think it was more the desire to have my dreams recognized and confirmed by someone important.

The return home was full of happiness and determination to do better, to read my Bible more frequently, to pray in that never-ceasing manner that the super-saints seemed so capable of doing. I’d regale other groups at church with the stories I had heard and I’d encourage them and pray for them and…within about two weeks I’d be back to where I was before, thumbing through e-mails to find the next inspiring event.

After about 12 months of this, God finally drew me aside. There was no mistaking his voice.
“Stop feeding on others. They spent a lot of time with me to have the depth they now have. That’s where you need to get your depth from—me.”
I’d like to say that since the voice of God spoke, so clearly and so convictingly, that I am now the perfect model of depth in Christ. I could lie and pretend that I am; after all, we Christians like to only admit weakness after conquering it; but I’m still not a seraphic saint. I have learned a valuable lesson though. Sometimes man shouts so loudly and attractively that God’s smaller voice gets lost. I had focused on what my eyes could see instead of
the cherished whisper
my heart
could hear.

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LauraLee Shaw01/31/08
Great message for us as Christians.
Lynda Schultz 01/31/08
Tim Manzer 02/01/08
Ouch! Good hit!
Joanne Sher 02/02/08
Great title - and much wisdom in this piece. I can definitely relate.
Pat Guy 02/03/08
I loved the ending! So perfect! ;) It makes you wonder why all the 'super' preachers/authors/speakers are so busy telling us 'how, what, where and when' instead of showing us 'Who.'

Great points to ponder ... and a great lesson to heed to. (poor kids!) ;)
Peter Stone02/04/08
That was beautiful. We need to develop our own relationship with God. This sentence summed up your article perfectly - “Stop feeding on others. They spent a lot of time with me to have the depth they now have. That’s where you need to get your depth - from me.”
Karen Wilber02/04/08
Convicting. Lots of good thoughts in here: "we Christians like to only admit weakness after conquering it"
Jan Ackerson 02/04/08
Beautiful all the way through, but what I loved most was the deliberate pacing of the last three lines. What a wonderful touch!
william price02/04/08
Great message masterfully delivered. I love a writer not afraid to write longer paragraphs because you have the confidence you won't lose the reader. Excellent content and pacing. God bless.
Catrina Bradley 02/04/08
Very convicting, well written piece. I like the format of the last three lines. Gives your ending extra punch.
Sara Harricharan 02/06/08
nice title! I read this once and then again and each time it felt different. Thank you for sharing this piece that I can relate to-the last three lines are really neat too! ^_^
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/06/08
A beautiful testimony of a seeking heart. All I could think of as I read was, "Seek and ye shall find."
Loren T. Lowery02/06/08
What a wonderful, starteling revelation. I wish more people would get a hold of the precept you have given in this submission. We so often look to others for the value that lies within our own selves. What was it Dorothy said to Glenda the good witch of OZ. "I'll never go looking for my hearts desire again, because if I can't find it in my own backyard, I never really lost it in the first place." Great article!
James Dixon02/07/08
This must be the best devotional I have read in the challenge. It was a powerful lesson that seemed first hand. Thanks.