I just finished another great book, Never the Bride: A Novel by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge. I love it when a story, even though it may be fiction, makes you reflect on your own life. That is what this book did for me. It reminded me that even though I want to be in control and I think I know what is best for me, the reality is that God knows better. Much better. I related to the character of Jessie Stone. Although many times throughout the book I just wanted to shake her, at the same time, I know that I have been just as stubborn, just as as impatient, and just as dumb because I was trying to "write my own story."
The book also helped me look at God in a much different way. Sometimes, when we think of God we think of this awesome being that is somehow too big, too grand to be reachable. And yet the Bible tells us that we are to "come boldly unto the throne of grace" (Hebrews 4:16). He wants us to spend time with Him, regardless of how often we mess things up. How many times have we sat down and talked to God and just laughed with Him? I know that for me talking to God sometimes takes a very somber tone. I read my Bible, as for forgiveness, and go through my prayer list and leave it at that. But I think He wants us in the good times too. When I see my little girl sit on her father's lap and crack herself up even though earlier in the day she was throwing a temper tantrum--that is the kind of relationship I want with my heavenly Father.
Bottom line: If you want a fun and easy read that will remind you to trust God--even when things do not seem to be going your way, this is it.
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