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Topic: Peace (03/15/04)
TITLE: From Inner Conflict to Peace
By Martha Currington
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Here I sit at 9:44 p.m., Sunday night, full of indecision as to what to write on the topic of “peace”. For some known, and unknown, reasons the article I wanted to write just isn’t coming together. No other message seems to be coming my way. So what should I do, “Forget about the challenge until next week’s topic is posted at 6:59 a.m in the morning?" I don’t think so. There must be something appropriate on my mind. Hmmm...
What if I just write about my inner conflict, and the resulting peaceful experiences that happened this afternoon and tonight?
I spend a lot of time in my kitchen, and not necessarily cooking either, but writing. And I peer out the double kitchen window a lot. Just before sunset, it looked as if a small tree, near the edge of the woods, was adorned with twinkling Christmas lights. I watched for a few minutes, blinked my eyes a few times, trying to figure out if it was a visual trick. My curiosity got the best of me, so I investigated. Turns out that sunlight was being reflected from the three-point leaves which were being swayed by the wind, causing a twinkling effect. Such a fascinating sight to see! I hurried back inside, returned with the camera, and hopefully captured this on film.(minus the twinkles, of course.)
When I went back inside, I was still trying to figure out how to present my article on “peace”, but how could I write about peace when inwardly, I felt so un-peaceful concerning
the subject matter.
Later, I was attempting to do so anyway, when I heard “scratch, scratch, scratch” on my back door. I smiled. With flashlight in hand, in case it might be the roaming black bear , instead of the neighbor’s cat, I cautiously opened the door. I could just imagine the bear swinging it’s sharp claws at my outstretched arm!(It had killed our black and white border collie about four years ago.) Thankfully, it was the cat, which I probably blinded momentarily, by shining the light on it. I sat down on the steps.
“Hello, Kitty” I said aloud. She replied, “Meow” and began to eat the food which I had placed outside for her beforehand. Her owners live two houses away, over a slight hill, and they are away from home much of the time. The cat has been visiting once a day, for the past three months, so she must be hungry to walk that far. Besides, she is a comfort to me, especially since my little dog died about three months ago too.
As she ate, I glanced up toward the sky. Such a clear night, the stars, oh so many, were twinkling brightly. Yes, I am a star gazer. Three airplanes also flew overhead, their flashing lights adding to the beauty of the night. I silently prayed for them to land safely, aware that so many people were aboard. I also prayed about the writing challenge, and if I should submit an entry or not. As I prayed, I began to feel peace within. I knew God was dealing with me. The quiet night, the communion with God, the friendship of “Kitty”, and feeling good about her not going hungry, seemed to release me from inner conflict. I did feel “at peace”. God had consoled me in an individual way, as He does with each one of us.
By this time, the night air had become chilly. I told the cat “Goodnight, be careful, and I’ll see you tomorrow”. When I came back inside, I began thinking about the writing challenge again.
Thus, I have this article to submit. Definitely not my best work. Yet as a writer, I consider myself a winner and now have inner peace. I didn’t give up. I wrote what I was led to write and before the deadline. In time, I will write about the subject I was contemplating. Maybe when the topic is more fitting to the subject matter, like healing or recovery, I will be at peace writing the article, and recalling the unpleasant and painful memories.
To those of you who are writers, may God continue to give you inner peace and blessings as you yield to your call to write. To those of you who visit this site to read our works, may He grant you peace in every area of your life.
Peace, God’s promise to us all...
Peace: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.
(Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)