A Christian Writer’s Devotional Reflection
This Week’s Brief Reflection
“The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong…but time and chance happen to them all. For man also does not know his time.” Ecclesiastes 9:11-12
We know that God sees the big picture. He has a plan. But as Solomon points out in the above passage, when our eyes look at life…well, life is uncertain! No man knows what tomorrow holds. Frankly, sometimes that reality gets a person down and fear and depression creep in to pillage the heart. We fret in anticipation of what the day “might” hold. Will it be joy or sorrow, triumph or tragedy, good times or bad times, ups or downs?
But let us look at it another way, accepting the uncertainty of life as a positive. For me, the only way I handle the uncertainty of life is to look at it through the eyes of faith. “Lord, my life is in your care, and I put my tomorrow in your hands. If it’s good I will praise you. If it is hard I will lean on you. If it is tragic I will cry out to you.”
I rest in the fact that God is faithful, that He is “for” me! And if He is for me, I can step into tomorrow with confidence!
Psalm 56:8-11 – You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Verse 9b – This I know: God is on my side! Verse 10 – I praise God for what he has promised; yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised. Verse 11a – I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? (NLT)
Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God. (NKJV)
Hebrews 13:5 – He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NKJV)
Although life is uncertain, we can be certain that God is in control and we are in His hand. Resting in Him we can face uncertain tomorrow with peace in our hearts.
In Addition to the Devotional Reflection
Again this week, being an author, in addition to the devotional reflection, I would ask the privilege of sharing my latest book with you.
How many people have told me, “I don’t have much time for reading”? Many! Yet the pundits say that the preferred model is a 500 page book. I am presently reading such a book, and have been for several months now because I do not have a lot of reading time. In fact, I have to keep rehearsing the beginning. “Where am I in this story?”
Hmm. How about a “quick read” novella? The Requiting, book one in the Framer of Times series, is such a book. It is intense, gripping, exciting, and yet short enough to be read in an evening. Book two will be out within six months rather than waiting the usual year or more.
Back Cover Description of The Requiting
Vile creatures, danger and death infest the Mines of Maarog that border a realm ruled by an evil warlock who serves the Lord of Darkness. Prince Aargon of the Realm of Faadora flies an airship across the Great Divide to investigate mysterious happenings at the mine. Meanwhile, Draug, the warlock, is conspiring to usurp the Faadoran throne.
When the prince is not heard from, Rhafe, the prince’s page, and Aanora, the prince’s daughter, set out on a quest to find him. Pursued by assassins, their quest takes them through the strange and dangerous lands controlled by the warlock.
The Requiting is a story of intrigue, betrayal, danger and death, with a touch of romance.
You can purchase The Requiting for Kindle or the paperback edition at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Here is an Amazon link: The Requiting
I welcome your thoughts on this week’s devotional and your thoughts relative to hefty reads versus my “quick read books” idea.