Friday, October 19, 2012

Day 19: Five Minute Friday ~ Look

Five Minute Friday

Time for 5 minute Friday! This is a great community writing exercise posted each week on Lisa-Jo Baker's blog, Tales from a Gypsy Mama.

Want to take on the challenge? Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat on the chosen word of the day – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link to Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you and encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community...

If you have a blog (or even if you don't), you should give it a try! There's no better way to get the creative juices flowing than with a timed exercise - no over thinking, no picking apart.

So here's my stab at today's 5 minute Friday (it also conveniently fits as an entry in my 31 Days of Hope series, so yay for me!):

As a young girl in Sunday School, I was intrigued by a story about Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness. Poisonous snakes were killing the people, and Moses pleaded to God for help. God told him to make a bronze serpent and set it up on a pole. If the people looked at the serpent after being bitten, they would be healed.
One look and they were healed.
Was it really the look? Or was it their faith? Their hope wasn’t in the bronze serpent, but in God.
What do I do when I'm overwhelmed with the poison of this world? With the seemingly hopeless situations that bring me down?
Do I look to Jesus and hope?
Or do I cast my eyes downward and inward, looking to myself for solutions that I don’t possess?
Look to Jesus. He alone is hope for a dark, hurting world. He alone brings hope to your soul.

Look to Jesus and be healed.

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  1. Julie- Every week it amazes me how one word can evoke so many various responses. Today I thought of Thomas and you thought of Moses. This is a good reminder...where do I look when I am overwhelmed with the poision of the world? Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. Thanks so much, Kel. Just visited your lovely blog and read your post as well. Beautiful words!

  3. Thanks for visiting, Denise! Just read your 5 minute Friday post as well and commented on your blog. This is such a great community!

  4. Good word, Julie. So good. I love that Jesus leaves it so simple for us... we're the ones who can make it so difficult!