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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Predicament (03/01/12)

TITLE: Fearfully and Wonderfully
By Wilma Schlegel


I left my coat at the doctorís office. I just walked right out without it. The cold air hit me right away, but I was halfway to the grocery store before I remembered why I felt chilled. Iím so glad I didnít need my cell phone and that no one called me then because it was in my coat pocket.

I donít even remember how many things Iíve forgotten or lost this week; I need more fingers and toes to keep track.

Tuesday was interesting. That was the day I left my purse behind. No, not at home, I left it at home on Wednesday. On Tuesday I left it in an office that got locked up tight after my visit. I was the only client of the morning and was fulfilling all the obligations that go along with accepting a new job. It was two stops later when I missed it. I reached under the coat (that I mentioned above) which was slung over my arm ( I hadnít misplaced it yet) and - yikes! No purse.

So hereís the predicament. How long can I go on like this? How do I manage husband, home, career, extended family responsibilities and social circle while my mind seems to be taking a vacation?

Is there a lesson here that Iím missing? Maybe itís, Ďslow downí.

Or maybe itís not such a bad thing. True, I wasted valuable time retracing footsteps, but I learned my way around the building Iíll be working in. God made it possible for me to get a self-guided tour and to meet a number of helpful and resourceful people.

And, when I returned to the doctorís office, walked in, picked my coat from the rack and turned to walk out, those ladies in the waiting room just chuckled! Theyíve been where I am!

You know, itís not such a bad place to be. We all need to slow down sometimes. We should take time to be still and contemplate God and contemplate ourselves. When I do contemplate myself, I realize that my mind handles an infinite and ever- growing amount of information. Not only that, but it handles it efficiently because I am made in the image of God and I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/08/12
I can certainly relate to this piece. Thanks for the reminder. I often get too caught up in those little details and end up missing out on the big things in life.
C D Swanson 03/08/12
Beautiful reminder...so many can truly see themselves as the MC. Nicely done, thank you for this.

God Bless~
Sherrie Coronas03/08/12
I do believe things happen for a reason! I enjoyed your reflection.
Hiram Claudio03/12/12
A wonderful life perspective and a delightful piece of writing. Well done!
Leola Ogle 03/13/12
Whew! I feel so much better about my forgetfulness after reading this. Thanks for sharing this well written tidbit! God bless!
Leola Ogle 03/13/12
Such a powerful, inspiring story. I loved this! God can makes us shine regardless of what others may view as a disability. Wonderful, wonderful entry. God bless!
Edmond Ng 03/13/12
An enjoyable read. I can understand the sentiments very well ... the need to slow down. How many of us are hearing the sounds of nature amid the noises of the surroundings? How are we to hear the prompting of the Holy Spirit if we do not pay attention, but get ourselves caught up with busyness and doing the necessary?

May we all learn to slow down once in a while. Let us give thanks to God, for we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are the works of our God, for our souls know it very well (Psalm 139:14).

Theresa Santy 03/14/12
Been there! Recently, it took a very painful blow, a missed opportunity as a result of my forgetfulness--for me to realize I had too many balls in the air.

Great message.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/15/12
Congratulations for placing 11th in level 3!