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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Parent (11/16/06)

TITLE: Driving Lessons from God
By Shari Armstrong


“Watcha doing, Mama?”

“Writing down the directions so we know how to get where we’re going. See? This map shows me which way to turn, what roads to take.”

"Oh. So we don’t get lost?”

"Right. But, if I don’t pay attention to the directions, or take a wrong turn, we could still get lost.”

"What happens if we get lost?”

“Well, we stop and ask for directions from someone who knows the way.”

So, why don’t you read My directions more carefully? Why don’t you ask Me for help when you get lost?

* * * * *

“Mama, I can hear a train. What if it gets your car?”

“Honey, my car is in the driveway and the tracks are blocks away. The train will never get to us over here.”

“But, are you sure?”

“Of course I’m sure. Do you see a train track in the yard?”

"No, but…”

"I promise you, there is no way that train can get my car. Trust me.”

So, why don’t you trust Me when I say that I’ll take care of you? Give Me those nagging fears.

* * * * *

“We have to stop and get gas.”

"Awww. We’re going to be late.”

“Well, if we don’t have gas in the car, we’re not going to get there at all.”

“How come?”

"It’s just like your body needs food to work.”


“Really. Without gas, the car has no energy to go.”

So, why don’t you fill yourself with My presence? My Spirit? Why do you try to run on empty?

* * * * *

“Go, Mama.”

"I can’t. The light’s still red. I can’t go until it’s green and the cars in front of me go.”

“How come?”

“That’s the rule. It’s a law. If the light’s red, I can’t go. And if I go before the car in front of me goes, we’ll have an accident.”

"It’s green. Go.”

"Yes, it is, but that’s the turn arrow. We have to wait for the other green light to take our turn to go straight.”


So, why do you go when I give you a red light? Why don’t you step out on faith when I give you your green light?

* * * * *

“How much longer? I’m tired.”

"Not much longer now.”

"When will we get home?”

“When we get there.”

"But how long?”

“As long as it takes.”

"I wanna get there now. Drive faster.”

"I can’t. We can only drive as fast as the law allows. That sign tells me how fast I’m allowed to drive.”


So, why can’t you wait on My timing? Why do you have to rush ahead? Rest in Me. It’ll happen when it’s supposed to happen.

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Marilyn Schnepp 11/25/06
A brilliant essay on how to follow God's directions. Very creative! An enjoyable read and written very well. I liked this very much. Good Job.
Todd Tribble11/27/06
Great article! I love the imagery and also the subject matter...it is a piece that can be used for teenagers and adults. Well done!!
Phyllis Inniss11/28/06
Nice teaching lesson here. I agree it can be used as a message for teenagers and for adults as well. Well written and very clear.
Jan Ackerson 11/28/06
One of the most creative entries this week. I love it!
Donna Haug11/28/06
Great title too. Good stuff
Betty Castleberry11/28/06
Oh, I really like this!
It has such a good lesson, and is so well written, too.
Crystal Dueck11/28/06
That was really cool how you intermingled God's directions and thoughts to us as His children with the story of a mother telling her child how life works (driving particularly). God bless you.
Joanne Sher 11/29/06
Such wonderful scenes and words of wisdom, Shari! And the perfect title. So much to learn here.
Sara Harricharan 11/29/06
Great title! What an eye-opening piece. This is a great reminder of how we are versus how we really should try to be. Good job!
Donna Powers 11/29/06
Very well done and very true! A good reminder to all of us. I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for sharing it.
Rachel Rudd 11/30/06
Excellent entry, Shari! I know why it placed high. It's a great piece! Congratulations from one of the judges. :)