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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Outlook (06/02/11)

TITLE: Hazed
By Philip Barrington


Early in my life, cataracts was experienced in a big way. Not knowing why seeing became a problem, an eye doctor was sort after. The view of life was blurry as evidence became more pronounced and the daunting of life's experience was seen.

The local library seemed to be a good place for relaxation and borrowing books. Through my mental perception the door had suddenly moved. Glaring in front of me was the God given sun which I thought showed me the way. A thud had entered my ears and a bang had found it's way through the building while I covered my face in pain. People came over to see my hands over my face while trying to peek through my fingers. I 'd discovered that a huge pane of glass hit my face. My hazed outlook confused the way of my going. Sore and confused, I realized how God had saved me because the glass hadn't broken.

Was there a problem driving at night? Many dark nights I had driven the car with care until one night a thud sounding jolt had hit the car. I knew no one was hit. I pulled over to the side of the road to see what had happened. In front of the car, nothing. Under the car, nothing. Around the car, nothing. Being sure the car was clear of objects, I was confused. Looking around was the only option left. Yes, someone's pet was hurt. Taking the responsibility for my actions, I reported the incident to the local Police.

“Sir, it's not your fault, his master wasn't with him.”

Totally despaired, I found my self at the eye clinic in the chair with a voice speaking :

“Yes, it's time to have surgery. You have Cataracts.”

“But I had my eyes checked not long ago. You said I had opacities and I would only need to up-date my glasses.”

Frustration, not being the word for it, I'd demanded an explanation. The eye doctor explained to me how that everyone is different. He went on to say, it's what the brain picks up through the eyes and how sensitive your perception is.

Finding out “opacities” is “cataracts,” I proceeded to make plans for surgery.

How do we perceive this story? You might be asking of yourself why is the writer telling me, a pane of glass hit his face or a dog was hit?

My outlook was changed in the course of my busy normal life. Taking the challenge of viewing our mental and heart outlook on life, we would tend to ponder of what would blur our vision as we look to the future.

It is apparent a clear view is recommended. Our heart and lives may need surgery that can only be accomplished by God. We need to hold our heads up and march forward for the Lord Jesus Christ and not be blinded by counterfeits. Just like our driving, we need to look straight ahead and keep our eyes upon the Lord.

I know, my life can become daunting when our Lord isn't followed. The evidence of following or not following can become pronounced in the world.

Let us be willing to follow the Master, our Lord Jesus Christ by His Holy Spirit to show us the way and if we don't already know Him to accept Him today.

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Janice Fitzpatrick06/11/11
Very nice comparisons. Alot of heartfelt thought went into this devotional lesson. Well done! I like this piece.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/12/11
I really enjoyed how you shared your personal experience and then told what God taught you. Nicely done.
Rachel Phelps06/15/11
Your message is excellent. The mechanics of your writing are rough, but keep practicing. You have a great feel for a story.