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    An unexpected mid-week blog. The final day on the 5 week Radium Journey brought its own surprises.    DAY 25

DIVIDED HEDGE (2)                                                                 two ducks

One of the young technicians asked me as I entered the room.  ‘ Are you going on a journey today Faye?’      I told her I had seen a picture of two ducks and a divided hedge.  I prayed and the question arose in my mind ‘What would happen if each duck chose to walk in a different direction?   I told J that would be my journey on this the FINAL day.

She responded.    ‘Please, please tell us if you find the answer.”

I felt tired,and my body a bit like lead, but, I lay on the table, the team clarified numbers for targeted area,  and  machines whirred. I was once again left alone.

I closed my eyes and the two ducks were very clear in my imagination.   One deliberately chose the right hand path and the other walked almost defiantly left.   I followed to the left.    Everywhere was verdant green, the hedges and the pathway.The way was clear, I saw two butterflies and tiny specks of white flowers on top of one of hedges.    It was very peaceful!     I looked for the duck who had walked the  right-hand path. To my surprise around the next bend,  the path had been gouged out and there was a scattering of rocks and shale.  It was very hard for this duck to maintain her balance.  She had to alter her waddling walk to traverse the uneven path underfoot.

Then, suddenly a snake slithered across in front of her.    Instinct drove her to want to ‘attack’ but some caution voice within said……’wait’…….’Be still!.

Hiss!    The snake reared up.


Frightened, she moved back and it slithered away.

I saw the two ducks meet up again, when the paths joined.   Somehow, though they looked the same…..different paths had changed one of them forever.

A clear voice spoke in my ear. ‘Faye, its finished.  Congratulations your five weeks are over!’

Four technicians were now in the room and the question they asked was.  ‘Did you go on a journey?  What happened?’      I told them the little story and each one present seemed to get a different interpretation. One girl cried.   They asked  for hugs and like a grandmother, I embraced. There was prayer in my heart for each person there.

I will hold that Radium Clinic and all the folks both patients and professional carers forever in my heart.       I know all of them will have divergent lives but for each one I could only ask that they ever choose to look for beauty and Hope in all their dealings with the ones who come.

I thank God for His Presence with me and now I will endeavour to appropriate rest and peace in the six weeks until I return for assessment and ‘rest of life’ advice and medication etc.

Thank you to all who have prayed, sent messages of encouragement and for the ones who are deeply respected by me in the blogging field,  even when I know they do not comprehend or reject  my God part of this journey.

Blessings! and Grace!     May you all journey well in the rest of your week.


About Faye

I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions. I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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  1. judyjourneys says:

    Faye, thank you so much for sharing your journey with God in this way.


  2. rlseaton says:

    Faye, congratulations on finishing! What a lovely story, and what a special way for our Lord to lead you through this difficult, painful time. Praise Him!


  3. Steve Rebus says:

    Awww Faye, your prayer filled heart shines through this post and is so refreshing. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. God bless you.


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