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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hide and Seek (08/07/08)

TITLE: The Flight of A Courageous Prophet
By Helen Dowd
08/13/08


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Israel, God's people had wandered from God, their Lord.
He'd given several warnings, which the nation all ignored.
So God called in Elijah to declare: "God's sending drought!"
King Ahab and Queen Jezebel said: "What's that prophet on about?"

But soon the waters all dried up. Citizens commenced to die.
Queen Jezebel called god Baal in, and to it she did cry.
But still the rains, they didn't come. Her god just did not hear.
And as the days grew into years, the worst she now did fear.

"Where is that man Elijah?" Queen Jezebel then said.
"I will not stop my searching until that Prophet's dead.
It's all his fault this drought has come. He's ruined all our land.
So get out there and find him. This is the king's command."

Elijah then was frightened. He took off on a trot.
God led him to Brook Cherith, to a very secret spot.
For days the ravens fed him, and from Cherith did he drink.
But then to his great horror, the stream began to shrink.

God pointed him to Zarephath, to hide at a widow's place.
He stayed there 'til God told him: "King Ahab now you must face:
Arise! Go stage a contest. Call in the prophets of Baal.
And you and I will sit and laugh when we hear those seers wail."

The challenge now was over. Fire from heaven had come.
And all the folks who witnessed it were suddenly struck dumb.
And then with one accord, they cried: "We've seen God here today!"
God said then to Elijah: "Those false prophets you must slay."

When Ahab told Queen Jezebel: "Baal's prophets have been slain!"
She yelled, "How could that happen? Elijah is to blame!
Where is that man Elijah?" Queen Jezebel then said.
Get out there now and find him. I want that prophet's head!"

So Elijah started running, running for his life.
He knew the vicious wickedness of weak King Ahab's wife.
He ran and ran until he found a place where he could hide.
He lay down so exhausted that he thought he may have died.

"Oh God, will you not help me? Do you not even care?
You are the Lord, Jehovah! Can't you hear my desperate prayer?
"Where are you God?" he cried aloud. "Why have you hid from me?
I've done Your will the best I could. And now I've had to flee?"

Elijah dreamed a dream just then. He was sure he'd really died...
An angel came with food and drink. Elijah soon revived.
Again he started running, Mount Horeb was his aim.
He next fell down, exhausted--until he heard his name.

"Elijah, faithful servant. I've heard your prayer and cry.
I'm always right beside you. I will not let you die.
Go now into the mountain. A lesson you will learn.
Just stand still there and listen 'til My power you can discern."

A dust storm, earthquake, fire, came roaring through the air.
Elijah stood and waited. But God's presence wasn't there.
And then he heard a whisper: A voice so soft and clear.
"Elijah, my good servant, what are you doing here?"

And still in that soft whisper, he heard the voice again:
"I am not finished with you. Keep tuned to hear My plan."

Based on I Kings 17 19.


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Sara Harricharan 08/15/08
This is great! I love the pace and flow and it made it fun, kind of like a children's story that you could do hand motions with. lol. Very good job! A fun, interesting read! ^_^
Rebecca O'Connor08/16/08
I loved the flow of the Word in prose. Thank you!
Mariane Holbrook08/16/08
You've outdone yourself with this one. It's so creative and so well written that it most certainly belongs in Masters. You had me right from the first word until the end and I found it such a good read. Many big time kudos!!!
Allison Egley 08/17/08
Oh, this was wonderful.

There was a couple of places where it took me a second try to get the rhythm to fit, but that's just because of how I read it the first time

Great job. Very creative! Next you should do the part you left out, the contest,in poem format. :)
Joy Faire Stewart08/17/08
I can appreciate the work that went into this poem and loved the retelling of this story. Great job!
william price08/17/08
Now, I really liked this. I not only appreciate the work you put in to it, but the passion behind your message as well. Superb!!! God bless.
Kristen Hester08/17/08
Excellent! That must have been a lot of work. Great job!
Catrina Bradley 08/18/08
This is just as emotion wrenching as the original. And some quasi-humorous bits thrown in too! Great retelling of this tale. I found just a few lines a bit off from the rhythm, but loved the poem all the same. :)
Marlene Austin08/20/08
You poets astound me the way you work in the limits of your form and still get such a strong message across. Really nice. :)
Karen Wilber 08/20/08
I'm in awe of you fitting so much story into this poem. Now I'll be thinking "hide and seek" when I read this story in scripture. Great lesson, well done.