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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hide and Seek (08/07/08)

TITLE: Olly, Olly, All Set Free!
By Laury Hubrich


The adult child me stands against the tree, eyes closed, counting for all Iím worth. ď98, 99, 100 Ė Ready or not, here I come!Ē Let the game begin!

Sleep eludes me. I lay and think. I toss and turn. I hum. I shake my foot and then I finally get up. It catches me; I succumb, only to wake up once again. I let it get the best of me. I should turn on praise and worship music but instead I turn on the tube.

My weight always finds me. I work hard at losing it and it comes back and brings many pounds of friends along to play. I am thoroughly enthralled and enraged with the flab under my arm. I only newly discovered it while trying to sleep. It waved as I waved. It was a very disconcerting sight, but entertaining nonetheless.

I walk along, minding my own business in a store when I happen to look up and see someone I would rather not talk to at the time. By past experience, I know I will be there for at least an hour. I pretend not to see her. I avoid eye contact at all cost. I escape, barely, and with a little guilt splattered on my conscience.

I try to ignore the dust in my house. I pretend itís not there. I will it to go away. I also will away the dirty dishes in the sink but to no avail. There they sit. There the dust lies.

My kids call for me. I can pretend not to hear but they know that game all too well and I donít get by with it. There is no hiding from them. They find me, lost in a book or on the computer.

All of these things I try to hide from. Sometimes I even hide from God. He knows where I am. He knows what Iíve done and He knows what I havenít done. I know these things but I hide anyway. Just like a young child, I close my eyes and think that I canít be found and then am totally amazed and dismayed when I am.

I love what Paul says in Romans. Itís his tongue twisting, mind-boggling verses. Iíve decided that I am in very good company. I like how Paul thinks.

*And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to doóthis I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

I know I should open my Bible and read it. This I know and this I donít do so many times. I know I should lose weight before the flab under my arms takes over. This I know and this I donít do. I know I should get on my knees and cry out to Jesus before I get in too deep. Do I do this? Not until Iím already in the deep end.

What I should and shouldnít do escapes me. It hides from me and I donít seek it out until I am in a must-do-it-or-lose-my-mind situation. Iím not sure why. Iím much too old for this constant game of hide-and-seek.

**ďNothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.Ē

And for this reason, I need to get out of the game and get serious. ďOlly, Olly, all set free!Ē

* Romans 7:17-19 (NIV)
**Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)

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Beckie Stewart08/14/08
This truly shows the struggles with flesh that we battle and how much easier it is to live that way then according to the Spirit. Oh how we need the Lord and how wonderful that He never stops seeking after us.
Hannah Hunter08/15/08
You've voice the struggle many of us go through.
Marita Thelander 08/15/08
This is a creative take on the topic. I wish to be see free as well. ...96, 97, 98, 99, 100...ready or not here I come!
Lynda Schultz 08/16/08
Oh yes, how true it is! Wonderful way to engage spiritual truth. Well done.
Helen Dowd08/16/08
You tell a tale all too many people can relate to. Losing weight is a "losing" battle...we wish! But losing guilt is just as hard to do. God made us each with a distinct personality, and only He can help us either to lose the weight we should, or help us to cope the best we can...Despite our weight, God can use us. Thankfully God does not look on the outside. He looks in the heart. I know it is our responsibility to keep our bodies healthy, and God can help. But like you picture in your article, we can't hide from our problem, just like we can't hide from God...My heart goes out to you...Helen
Dianne Janak08/16/08
Well, this was written for me and for lots of people I know.. the struggle, the failure, the hiding, the escaping, the calling, the freedom, the joy, the falling once again.. YOU made me realize I am so not alone.. we are all in this together.. GREAT JOB in capturing everyman's heart.. or woman's at least!
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/17/08
You have really creatively shown our sinful hearts as we try to hide from God. But we rejoice to remember that He always seeks us when we've gotten lost.
Betty Castleberry08/17/08
Love the way you presented this message. The arm flab is something I definitely can relate to. I enjoyed this very much.
Joy Faire Stewart08/17/08
Great writing uncovering emotions we deal with.
Yvonne Blake 08/17/08
The truth shall set you free! Praying for you, Hally. Writing helps, doesn't it?
Joanne Sher 08/17/08
A message we ALL need to hear and presented in such an authentic manner. Excellent.
Kristen Hester08/17/08
You share many great truths here. This is very convicting. This is written in a very down-to-earth, easy-to-understand manner. Great job! Great devotion!
william price08/17/08
It was all good. Enjoyed every line from top to bottom. I liked the title, tried to think of how to spell it myself to use it, but had to scratch that idea for the stinker I wrote.
Great job. God bless.