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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bon Voyage (09/05/05)

TITLE: The LORD Is Always With Me
By andromedus farsi
09/10/05


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I have lost my employment; through no fault of my own, or so I believe. I have been searching for work for better than a year. My education and experience is quite complete, yet I have received nothing but crumbs. By crumbs, I mean jobs that no one else can fill; not necessarily labor positions. These are jobs in the middle of the day for a couple of odd hours, that no person who is employed would be available to take. I feel humiliated at times and unjustly condemned by those who took part in false accusations against me. These individuals said things that they knew were untrue, on account of me accepting a position in their school. The position was supposed to go to one of their acquaintances. Friends at the time turned away and feigned ignorance of the false testimony against me. However, Jesus said,

…”If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” John: 15:20 (NIV).

Mighty words that make me feel a warmth inside and a yearning for the Truth of God’s Word. It is natural to begin the process of self-doubt, but a verse or two from the Scripture will always bring me back in line.

It is time to leave and say “hasta la vista” to my wife and children (though not in the Arnold Schwarzenegger sense). The search must be carried north to Maine, having been unsuccessful in New York City. As I prepare to leave this hot August morning for my long drive north, my family in their own subtle way is wishing me, what you wish those who leave on a cruise. I dare repeat their phrase, “bon voyage.”

I point my automobile northward and begin my journey. My faith is strengthened each time I look out the window and ponder God’s creations; from the colorful birds to the clear blue sky above. It is a long journey of eight hours, but I listen to Christian hymns on the stations along the way. Besides my clothing and address of my temporary apartment in Calais, Maine, I carry my faith in the LORD with me. I flip through the Word my first night in town. The passage that gives me strength at this crucial moment include the following words.

…“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (NIV).

With this thought in mind I have survived the long trip north and the first night in strange territory. I believe my LORD has good things in store for me and this will help me pursue my quest of obtaining employment. When the time arrives and I am on my feet, so to speak, I will have my family join me in Maine.

Things are not always easy in the ways of the LORD. My wife loved New York City and dreaded the day she would have to leave. Yes, it is tough. I must place my faith in the LORD, knowing that it is His Will that be done, not ours. Naturally, we must extend the effort; only then, will the LORD make clear our path.

An encouraging parting word or two for those in need of spiritual sustenance in their quests. Your temporary condition is not necessarily your own fault. God works in His own way, which we are not privy too. Be strong and do not despair, for God always makes the correct decision, no matter how unfair or unclear it might appear to our meager minds. He is the supreme decision maker and he makes His determinations for the betterment of mankind. We must never question His purpose. At times the decision appears cruel and unjustifiable, but that is why He is the omnipotent LORD.

God said to Moses, "I am who I am . This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.' " Exodus 3:14 (NIV).

Yes, The LORD was is and always shall be. He need not explain his motives.

The LORD said to him, "Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD ?” Exodus 4:11 (NIV).


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Anna Meadows09/12/05
Well done. Your sentences carry a crisp, clean sound, that flows nicely.

I pray the Lord will bring you the employment your family needs. God bless you.
Jan Ackerson 09/14/05
Some minor edits are needed, especially in the first paragraph. But your piece does a wonderful job at showing us your faith through hard times. Thank you.
Maxx .09/17/05
nicely written.... very good.