“There probably won’t be a next year for most of us,” said my father. The farmers were looking steadily at him now, and not at Lester Hartwick. “We’ve got just one court of appeals now,” my father said, “and I don’t suppose most of you have given it any thought.” Ibid.
I should have changed the title for this one, but as usual, my plans are not His plans. I had a whole list of things written down the first day. Positive, up-lifting things that might catch someone’s attention and encourage them during these High Holy Days of 2020. I think I have – – maybe – – used one of them.
The Father never fails to surprise me – – ever.
“Oh, I suppose you’ve prayed…in church. But have you ever prayed: ‘God have mercy on me, a sinner,’ like the publican in the Bible?” Ibid.
In January I started re-reading one of my favorite authors. I hadn’t pulled her books off the shelf for years except to move them here or there – but I have moved them with me ever since college – all 40+ of them. I started with my favorite one. Then the next favorite. And the next. I haven’t been reading much fiction. Most of my reading time has been focused in other directions lately…and yet…for whatever reason…her books came off the shelf.
“Because every man in the world is a sinner against every other man, and against God. It isn’t only all the wars we’ve had in this century. We’ve forgotten God.” Ibid.
Today, the morning sun lit the pages up. I said, “No”. He said, “Yes”. I re-read the chapter and sighed. This is not sweet. It is not up-lifting. It is what it has been for the past 60 years since she wrote this book in 1959.
If you can find her books, I would highly recommend them. Some are about the banking system. Some about the political system Some historical in nature. Some fantastical dreams. All thought-provoking. Her name is Taylor Caldwell. The book (my 2nd favorite): Your Sins and Mine.
And as if to prove His point one last time – – – I had written several verses down to wrap this up. They were not the right ones. This was His choice.
“My righteousness draws near, My salvation is on the way, and My arms will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look for Me and wait in hope for My arm. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth below; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and its people will die like gnats. But My salvation will last forever, and My righteousness will never fail.”-Is 51:5-6
Artwork by Yoram Raanan “Bridging Heaven and Earth”