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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Light and Dark (05/21/09)

TITLE: Camping Trip
By Christine Ramey
05/21/09


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It was early in the summer and Joe decided to go camping. He loved to fish, and walk for miles to enjoy the view. He was ready for this camping trip. He gathered all of his equipment together and through it in the back of his SUV. He went in his house to take a nap before heading off to the lake.

The next morning Joe jumped in his suv and went off to the lake. The light outside was bright and the sun was getting in his eyes. He had a hard time driving because of it!

When Joe arrived at the camp site he was tired from the drive. They gave him is spot to set up his tent. Once his tent was set up he decided to rent a boat to go fishing. He figured that being out on the boat he would be relaxing.

He packed him a snack and headed to the lake. The lake was beautiful and the clouds around were full. He could lay there on the boat and pick out figures in the clouds. A elephant, boat, lighthouse, an angel and many others he saw that day.

Joe took out his Bible and read John 3:16. He was amazed with what he read. This was the first time in a long time he had begun to read his Bible again. These words were fresh to him. He could not believe that God could love him. He has spent most of his life running away from God. he decided to turn back to God. So he read this chapter over and over again.

He spent most of his day on the boat reading the word of God. It was starting to get dark outside. He knew he needed to get back to camp. It started raining and the wind started blowing hard. He was scared afraid he would not make it back safely.

The rocks were everywhere on this lake and it made it difficult to get back. As the winds blew harder it started to swing the boat back and forth unable to drive straightway. It was not to long before his boat crashed into a rock.

He was out for a while. He laid there for hours. Hours turned into a new day. He finally came to when the light came through. He laid there hopeless and scared. There was no one around. But amazingly his Bible laid on top of piece of wood from the boat untouched. He was able to pull the Bible close to him and started reading through the scriptures again. He came back to John 3:16 again. He thought about his life and the mistakes he has made. Trying to hold on until help could come.

Not much later a boat passed by and saw he was in trouble. The pulled together pulling him into the boat and bringing him to safety.

It was evidence that God had been with Joe during this tragic expierence. The person that pulled him into the boat was a pastor.

He began to talk with Joe and as he explained that he had been reading the Bible and stuck on John 3:16. He was amazed that God loved him and he wanted to know this love. The pastor went futher into explaining the scipture and telling him how he could know this God.

Joe sat and thought about all the pastor had spoken of. He told the pastor while laying in the hospital room that he wanted to except this Savior and Lord as his own.He prayed to receive Christ as his Savior.

This trip had become a life changing experience for him. His life for years had been filled with darkness and after that moment changed into amazing light.


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Jeanne E Webster 05/28/09
God works in mysterious ways, doesn't he?! Your article illustrated one way, when we have experienced a near tragedy.

Remember to edit your works: double and triple check spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure.

With some reworking here, your article could make a nice devotional piece.
Melinda Wells05/28/09
What a great story of God working a miracle to bring the MC to Him.
The flow was a little choppy, but all in all I enjoyed it.
Jan Ackerson 05/29/09
I love to read stories about how God works!

Be careful of commonly confused words: I caught through/threw and to/too. Just little bumps in an otherwise inspiring story.
Janice Fitzpatrick05/29/09
I like this piece. A story of spiritual darkness and coming into the light. Good job!
Loren T. Lowery05/29/09
This was a good devotional with a lot going on. I think it might even be more impactful by by narrowing it down to the moment of the accident and then developing it from there. That way your reader will be able to get more involved with your MC (main character) as you would have more time to show his emotions and not necessarily tell the reader about them. Overall a nice story of what brought about a man's life-changing decision.
Delores McCarter06/01/09
Nice story. Just be careful of those typos. I caught one in the first paragraph and well as some others along the way.

You may want to write your story in Word and run a spell check on it before previewing and posting it.

Thanks for your story. Keep writing!
diana kay06/03/09
Good story. I wondered WHY he had the bible in the boat in the first place otherwise it was clever.