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Topic: Peace (03/15/04)

TITLE: Staying Inside the Circle
By Joyce Poet


I prayed, one day, a pretty selfish prayer. I was letting God know what the desires of my heart were... or so I thought. Sadly enough, I was at peace in doing so. But something happened that night that would change my prayer life forever.

I woke up in the middle of the night. Or, at least, I thought I was awake. I felt as though I could put my hand all the way through my face.

I laid in a circle on a crystal floor and was surrounded by very, very bright light. The floor looked like glass but must have went on forever because I couldn't see through the bottom of it.

All around me, outside that circle, was pitch black. Yes, I know what weeping and gnashing of teeth sounds like. It was out there, in the darkness.

The King of Kings stood before me in a long, spotless robe, His hands stretched out to show wounds. He looked to the floor on His right at a crystal alter that looked like it was coming up out of the floor.

Motioning with His face to the alter, He asked me rather matter-of-factly, "What do you want?" The sound of weeping and gnashing of teeth intensified. There went my peace, out the window... right along with my heart's desires.

I wasn't afraid. But, I was stilled with awe and reverence. I knew that anything outside of Him was also outside that circle.

"I don't want anything except what's right in front of me."

I don't know how to describe it to the general public except to say that I immediately woke up. I believe that anyone who has had a similar experience would say that this "waking up" feeling was me going from spirit back to flesh. But a carnal mind would only recognize this as a dream.

A few months later, God sent me on a very difficult mission. He gave me opportunities to back out. The trial was terrible. The persecution was even worse. But I accomplished what I set out to do by following His instruction without wavering.

The day after it was all over with, I, for some reason, felt the need to humble myself on my knees. This time, I was wide awake. It was no dream.

I didn't see anything or feel anything unusual. But I heard Him ask me clearly and not so matter-of-factly, "What do you want?" I don't think He was going to give me a stone. I had the distinct feeling He was offering me a fish and asking me how I wanted it cooked!

What I've learned from all this:
1. He is, and should remain, top priority when it comes to my desires.
2. If anything is outside His will for me, I don't want it. There's no peace outside His will.
3. Expect the unexpected. He's real.
4. If He sends you to do something, He'll provide you with every tool you need in order to accomplish the task.
5. He IS the Good Father who would not give me a stone when I ask for a fish.
6. And most importantly, He loves me more than enough to set me straight.

Member Comments
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Corinne Smelker 03/22/04
This is a compelling account. There are a couple of typos - alter vs. altar.

I am glad He grabbed your attention though. Well written, solid piece
Geraldine Solon03/22/04
Corinne Smelker 03/22/04
I noticed your other article was called "No Peace" for this week. Both are very different in style, which shows your dexterity as a writer. Good job, but once again, I'm just curious how you managed to get two entries in?
Jacqueline Odom-Bullock03/22/04
Awesome! When you are faced with a challenge from God you better believe he won't throw you to the wolfs although you may think so. Just go with the peace knowing he got your back or he would not have sent you.
Joyce Poet03/22/04
I'm not sure about how I got away with it, but I do know how I did it. It was purely accidental.
Maybe the site administators will take one of the entries off.
Regarless of whether or not they do, I'm not eligible to win the contest anyway.
Happy writing and many blessings.
Great work. Stay inside that circle.
Donna Anderson03/25/04
This is all about the Lord of the universe seeking intimacy with those He loves. Lovely.