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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Grrr! (01/28/10)

TITLE: Worshiping with The Beast
By Dee Yoder


There it sits. Glowering and hunkering over me, the one that’s supposed to tame it. My rounded tummy protests the need to move at all. My feet feel weird in these heavy athletic shoes. My heart wishes I’d just do it. My brain says, “Ho-hum…ho-hum…ho-hum.”

I hop on and place the magnetic circle to its engine—it revs to life and growls as it slowly increases its pace.

Grrrr…I can beat you, Weakling, it trash talks.

“No argument there, Beast,” I mumble. I resign myself to an easy pace and then my bored brain begins to whine--big time. I look at the timer: four minutes. Only four? Oh man. I am doomed.

Grrr…yeah, Flabby Gut…give it up now and I promise not to hurt you, The Beast wheedles.

I shudder and a notion begins to rise that this Thing will take me down if I miss a single step. My heart begins to enjoy the activity, but my spirit begins to moan. “This is not what it’s cracked up to be,” my brain yells loudly. “Give up! Give up! Let me READ, I beg of you!”

My legs begin to flag—their under-used muscles crying for mercy. I look at the timer: six minutes. Oh my word; only six?

Grrr…you know you’ll never overcome my power, Human Jell-O.

I start to cave. I know I’m a failure. “This is just gonna be like all the other times, Beast. You’re gonna win.”

Grrr…spinning, spinning, spinning your wheels, Puny One.

But wait. What’s this? It looks like headphones and an iPod—with a note attached:

Honey, Try music. Try worship. Try God. Only HE can tame The Beast. Don’t give up! Love you! Hubby

I slip the earphones over my ears and turn on the iPod. Music comes to life and my feet begin to move. My arms pick up the rhythm and I adjust the pace to suit the music’s tempo. Worshipful songs pour balm into my soul and I get in the zone—the worship zone, that is.

Grrr…hey, what’s going on, Peanut Arms? It feels like you’re dancin’ up there…just watch it! I have the power to throw you if you miss a step…grr…grr…grr.

For once, I don’t hear The Beast’s growl; I feel only the rolling motion of music, and my feet and my body are not fighting it anymore. My spirit looks up to heaven, and in my mind, peace begins to grow.

Faces stretch out before me in a long line of prayers: Sharon and her precious siblings...Verna, my dear, dear friend…Patrick and those sad good-byes he’s facing, Lord…Chrissy and her health…Scott and Deb—all those burdens, Lord, ease them…and how about that cheer? Lynda has an agent!...all my gem friends and their laughter and fun—their chatter and their hearts…Joe and the ministry, Lord…Simon Peter…Rachel and Eli and all their ex-Amish friends…Lord, I can’t pray fast enough for these needs and I can’t worship deep enough for all the joys!

Grrr…you’re on a roll there, Squirt! I guess you’re not so bad when you get pumped.

I smile and pat the heart of The Beast—the little round magnetic circle. We become partners in motion as I lift my eyes to the ceiling. The fan is creating a soft breeze and I notice three blades turning and turning and turning and reminding my soul of Him: Three in One.

“He gives me so much, Beast—even you, because He loves me.”

Grrr…I am made for man and not man for me, y’know.

I marvel at the pace my body is able to keep, and, inside, I imagine all the parts flowing and working together…fearfully and wonderfully made. Tears fall.

I raise my eyes again and let God know how much I’m sorry for all the grumbling and sighing and procrastination. “You’re just trying to help me, Lord. I can’t serve you properly when I’m in such poor health…You’ve answered my prayer for healing, and in some ways, this Beast is part of the answer.”

The music on the iPod slows and with it, my pace. I look at the timer: thirty-two minutes. I start to remove the magnetic circle, but before I go, I listen to The Beast one last time.

Grrr…way to go, Lady…don’t forget about me now…come back again and let’s go the distance together…oh, and don’t forget your music.

“Nice worshiping with you, Beast. See you tomorrow.”

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Laury Hubrich 02/05/10
I know who wrote this one! lol. I'm out of breath singing and walking with you:)
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/06/10
Your story illustrates beautifully the difference in attitude that music and worship bring. I love it.
Chely Roach02/11/10
Dee, this was awesome! Goes to show you just never know;)Congrats on your 1st place EC!
Barbara Lynn Culler02/11/10
No wonder you placed first! This is so incredible and so true to life. I love it.
Yvonne Blake 02/11/10
smile...love this, Dee! What a wonderful example of God's victories in our lives!
Donna Powers 02/11/10
Congrats, Dee! A well-written article and I can definitely relate!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/11/10
Congratulations on a well-deserved win. I think I'm going to read your story before exercising to help get me in the right frame of mind. Well done.
Connie Dixon02/11/10
You brought me into worship with this piece. Congratulations!
Glynis Becker02/11/10
Fantastic! Congratulations on a well-deserved win :)
Patricia Turner02/11/10
This piece just flows upward, rising with the prayers and spirit of the MC! Outstanding and well deserving of 1st place!
Mona Purvis02/11/10
Dee, this is just A+, so there's no question why it won top EC. Just great use of the topic. Congrats!
Beth LaBuff 02/11/10
Wow! What a title AND a story! This is so creatively written! Super congrats on 1st place EC!!!!
Pat Guy 02/11/10
Congratulations my friend! Whoop! I can see why you won with this one -- it took me for a ride down "Been there, done that!' lane. lol! Kudos to ya girlie!
Sheri Gordon02/11/10
Big Congrats, Dee. Great piece. You give me inspiration. :)
Lisa Johnson02/11/10
This is so wonderful...you had me laughing and crying all at the same time... I loved the part about the note of encouragement from your hubby... and the part about all the prayers for your friends!!! I love the whole entire thing. Congrats on a very well deserved first place, both in your level and Editor's Choice. Awesome!!!
Lisa J.
Joan Campbell02/11/10
This is very original and special. I loved the way you brought some FW names (I think) into it, so cute. Congrats!
Sharlyn Guthrie02/11/10
This is wonderful, Dee, and I can relate so well! Congratulations on your 1st place EC! I'm so proud of you!
Sunny Loomis 02/11/10
Congrats Dee!! I knew you'd tame that Beast! Woot!
Kimberly Russell02/11/10
Way to go on your first place, Dee. So proud of you...and NOW you know why you have a fan club.
You rock, girl!
Catrina Bradley 02/11/10
Congratulations, Dee! I don't face your beast, but the cure is the same for mine.
Carol Slider 02/11/10
Congratulations, Dee! What a beautiful story, with wonderful humorous touches and even some familiar names! Very well done!!
Marita Thelander 02/11/10
I am a proud member of the Dee Yoder fan club...and this story reminds me why since it is sooo Dee-ish. Congrats!
Tessy Fuller02/12/10
This was really good! I loved all the different ways you addressed the beast
Janice Fitzpatrick02/15/10
Oh Dee, you are so precious. This is so good and I love the voice. Congratulations on your win dear one. God bless you. I too face the pitfalls of getting going and exercising. Your answer of praise, prayer and worship music overcoming the MC's problem and taming the beast is powerful.
We each need to be reminded that our battles are won through submission, prayer and praise. As we let our lives become tools of worship we can please the Lord and "Overcome." Praise God. Love ya!
Stacy Moore10/17/13
Love it!