Thursday, July 18, 2013

What Sets us Free

More deer and more fawns on my run yesterday morning! I saw four! It was a whole family- a buck with only one side of his head with antlers, a doe with an injury on her shoulder which seems to be healing, and two fawns. The world seems to be bursting at the seams with deer! And more rain, and thunder, and hot hot days! Our whole summer thus far has been spent hiding from the rain and the heat indoors. I don't think Asherel minds too much - she had a ready excuse to overdose on Minecraft on her computer. And I spent the day editing my new book. But I AM getting weary of being trapped indoors.

I have a couple of people reading through my rough drafts and helping me refine my message in my new book. Both have indicated I need a more exciting "opening" and I am struggling with that. I like to build up to excitement, set the stage, build anticipation....but apparently that translates to boring sometimes. So I wrote a totally fictional account filled with blood and gore and danger for an opening chapter, just to tease my editor.
"Yes!" he wrote, "Now I am interested!"
Great. He only got interested when I lied.

I wonder how the buck I saw on my run lost half a head of antlers? And how did the doe get injured? I could definitely make an exciting story out of that...But in the end, I would rather have truth than exciting fantasy. After all, Jesus said that if we know the truth, the truth will set us free. And even better than freedom, if we know the truth and call on God in truth, God will be near. It might not sell, but it seems to be the better path. It seems the truth is sometimes lost in the frantic glitz of the world. Maybe that is why despite a world full of diversion, when we close our eyes and the quiet dark settles around us, we know something is missing. Without the truth of God, we are like that deer, missing half its antlers. Everything is thrown off balance.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32 NIV)

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. (Psalm 145:18 NIV)

-save a dog-

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