Day 11 – Freedom in Recon Cove

I dream to be a crane on the lake. Or a pelican near the sea. In the trees on the coast hides the entrance to the cove. Follow the labyrinth of water trails as it twists and turns and leads to a secret home within leaves and life. There, it’s safe – safe to be broken; scarred and hopeless. Forget all about the problems around for the outside world has lost it’s sound. All that counts is here and now in the woods among the birds and species. Find inner peace and all you need behind the trees of Recon Cove. 

Day 6 – Creating Worlds of Fantasy

Writing is a way to make fantasy worlds a reality. It provides a means to accomplishing the childhood dreams that become less possible as we grew up. 

As a child, the imagination is so vivid and unregulated. Zero constraints, no rules of reality, no physics, no logic – just pure freedom to think and create whatever worlds pop into the young mind of a child. 

A Story of Stormy Lives

There’s a problem child at school who gives her hell everyday. She cares about the kid but he won’t do his work and likes to show off his fluency in disrespect. If she calls the mom, the step daddy takes a belt to the kid’s body – over and over. Broken bones won’t fix behavior and broken homes are what’s in style.

She drives home to enter the world of a different broken home – her own. Her daddy never beat her with a belt but his bottle became his idol when she was just an infant. Several times she’d wished he’d just beat her.

Mother is out buying ingredients to make soup because the temperature is predicted to drop below freezing after the upcoming storm. Father is where he usually is in his spare time. He calls her into the living room to come see him. He’s on the couch, slightly intoxicated.

She asks, “What?” impatiently. She’s had a long week with rowdy kids and wants to lay in bed to dream of better days.

He pauses and forces out the words, “I spent the night in jail.” He tries to fight back tears but his effort is fruitless. “DWI.”

The man looks broken, but she has no pity, only disgust. Pity once lived in her heart, but it died long ago. It was a well gone dry. All that’s left now is contempt and disdain.

She says nothing. Through his tears he says, “You can shoot me. I wish someone would.” She leaves.

It’s staring to thunder outside with an occasional slash of lightning. She prepares to bring her dogs inside the house. The house will be a muddy mess in the morning, but the dogs will live. That’s all that matters.

Mother gets home and talks to her about the legal situation. Mother spent $2000 on bail money and is about to blow her inheritance on a lawyer. The money was literally months away from being used as a down payment to begin building a new home – a nicer home, one they had always dreamed of. Now it’s money for a court date.

“Part of me wishes he had just crashed and died,” says mother. Mother feels terrible saying those words, but Girl feels the same. Girl has wished death upon Father for fifteen years.

The storm outside grows.

Girl tries to work on her homework. The storm is slowing the satellite connection. She’s patient, but tired. The saddest part of struggles is when she stops caring anymore. She has lost interest in the fight and removes herself, emotionally, from the war.

Let the boy drop out of school, let the father drown in drunkenness, and let this massive storm rip away everything she’s ever known. She’s gone. Is it sad or is it…illuminating?

Yes, the storm will always pass. In the end, it leaves a trail of ice in its wake.

3 Insights from The Harbinger (Jonathan Cahn)

The Harbinger by Jonathon Cahn is a story that connects the events of 9/11 to ancient Israel. It supports the idea that America is soon to fall under judgement from the Christian God unless the country repents and recognizes the deity as the one true savior.

I’m going to throw out a disclaimer that I was given this book but that I always read with an unbiased mind. I’m not going to voice an opinion on whether or not I believe the information in this book to be legit because that’s honestly not how I viewed the text. I saw it as an opportunity to learn about people and life in general.

So with that being said, here’s what I learned from The Harbinger:

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1 – Believing is seeing.

Connections can typically be found or made if a person happens to be searching for them. The deeper you start digging, the more stuff you’ll find. After a ton of facts are unearthed, you will naturally find connections because that’s what you’re looking for.

If you believe something is true with all your heart and soul, then everywhere you turn you will inevitably see signs of validation.

Hey, sometimes I completely believe connections are legit. I’m not denying that. I’m just saying that if you desperately want to see proof that what you feel is reality, you’re going to find proof.

Our minds are beyond powerful. There’s nothing wrong with that. We just have to be prepared to face the facts that not everyone will see the same connections that we see.

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2 – Work on treating the underlying causes instead of the symptoms alone.

A lot of issues in our bodies, souls, relationships, etc. go way deeper than the surface symptoms. On a larger scale, the problems in our country also have more meaning than just the backlash and hatred we see everyday.

Whether the deeper meaning is God giving warnings, insecurity, money or stress, don’t take disparities lightly. Evaluate and take a step back. Ask yourself, “What’s really going on here?”

Illnesses of any kind should be viewed in the iceberg format. We only see the tip, but there’s a mass of causes below the surface.

Find the underlying causes or you’ll never be free of the issue.

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3 – Telling stories is an effective tool to spread messages.

Most of us won’t read an informational text on describing similarities between ancient Israel and modern America. But it’s easier to reach more people if the book is a narrative – a compelling story packed with mysteries.

Because of the story format, the information likely made its way to hundreds more people than if Cahn had written a formal essay.

Throughout the ages, from poems and epics to fairy tales and fables, stories have provided an intriguing method of spreading messages to the masses. Stories preserve history, provide moral lessons, and entertain creative minds.

Never underestimate the power of a well written story.

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In the end, The Harbinger taught me that believing is seeing, underlying causes should be evaluated, and that stories help get messages out into the world.

On a historical note, I also learned a bit about George Washington and that first presidential inauguration. I wonder what George Washington would think about the world today. 🤔

Thanks for reading this post and let me know what you think about The Harbinger.

Have a good day, go learn something.

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