Recently, I traveled to a beach for a few days to recharge, relax, and simply think. I hoped to come away with an epiphany or firm direction on a few things. I started each day as I always do: with my Bible, devotional, coffee, and iPad. For these few days, the view included aqua water and crashing waves. I said I kicked it up a notch and was grateful for this time.
One evening after an outing on the water watching the sunset, I returned to the balcony of my room and realized all of the difficulties that weighed heavy on my heart were still there. I thought of a couple of recent suicide deaths of celebrities; and at that moment, I believe I understood why they chose this end. They had lost hope of anything changing. I realized one of my situations might never change either. Hope in that area was gone, at least hope for a permanent change. But I felt like in this last part of my life, I still needed to do one last thing, something different perhaps, and I really would like to start on another project on my bookshelf – but which one? Although I’m not sure exactly what that one last thing is and although this pressing situation might continue on the remainder of my days, I was reminded that God is able and he will help me through it all.
And so … this is the back story to the picture I recently posted on social media.
But there’s more. I came away with clarity for my next book. When I returned home, I pulled a folder out of my file. You see, as I gathered all of my short stories and blogs for Someday I Will Write, I skipped over one, one I really loved. Why would I do that? Well, I sensed those words were meant for another book someday – not Someday.
Just as He is able to help me press on and move forward in life, He will help me with this. The folder was labeled: In the King’s Service. Here we go!
For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)