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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Ow! (01/07/10)

TITLE: The Orange and the Pain
By Christine Ramey


I remember when the doctor told me I had diabetes, and would have to give myself a shot I kn ew then I would not be able to do it. I have very weak veins and it is almost impossible for me to do blood work of any kind. Now, the challenge had been placed on me to have to do my first needle shot. Ouch! It was definitely painful.

I remember vividly as the nurse brought in an orange and set it on the table. Then she announced to me “First, you must practice with the orange and give it a shot!” She said.
I thought she was crazy how is an orange anything like sticking yourself! She began to teach me how to draw up my needle to insure the insulin was in it properly. Then she said “Alright, now it is your turn. Go for it!” the nurse instructed me. So, I did. I pushed the needle into the orange and draw back on the needle to insure the medicine was in the orange.
Still I had one more challenge that the nurse had to instruct me. I had to learn how to give that same shot to myself. It was easier giving the shot to the orange than it was to me.

However, I knew it was important for me learn. I knew it was a way of life I would soon come to know!
She taught me how to find the spot I needed on my belly to give the shot. I was not really ready for this. I would pause every couple of minutes asking her if I really needed to do it. Of course she told me yes.

I then put the needle to my belly and began poking it in slowly. It was a big owe for me. I have never felt so much pain in all of my life then that moment. Even though I knew it something I need to do I wasn’t too happy about doing it.

God has for us to feel owes at times in our life when we are not following his will. He teaches us that so we can learn to trust him again. It is just like the moment when I stuck that needle into my belly. I had to trust that all was o.k. Sometimes, we need to learn that all will be o.k. with God. That is why He brings us our owes to learn from our mistake and making us a better person because of it. He loves us and would never want us to know pain or to be hurt. Yet, when we fall away from God we must be reminded of it all again. So, when will just learn to trust Him and rely on His love? Why must we be content even with the owes of our lives? Let go of them and let God direct your life so He can love you!

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Colin Swann01/14/10
Oh dear this was one big Ow! and yes the Lord does allow us to have our Ows! - too.
Interesting piece, don't think I could self stick myself in the belly.

Amanda Brogan01/14/10
This one made me think "ow!" I HATE needles! I definitely don't think that I could give a shot to myself. (Hopefully I'll never get diabetes. :) ) Although the belly wouldn't be as bad as the arm for me. I just don't like the thought of something sticking into my veins. Anyway, I love your analogy and how you sum it all up in the end! It's definitely easier to talk about taking the pain than actually going through it. But pain can be necessary to bring us back to God!
Jan Ackerson 01/18/10
This devotional teaches an important lesson--thanks!

There are a few areas that could be polished--some spelling errors, for example. But there's a lot of potential in your writing! I've started a class in the FaithWriters forums for Beginner and Intermediate writers. I'd love to see you there--look for "Jan's Writing Basics".

Thanks for this touching testimony.
Joy Bach 01/20/10
As I have diabetics in my family, I can identify with this piece. Sometimes the Ow's are just what we need. Thanks for sharing.