Reflections In Hindsight

Grace in the Rearview Mirror…it's closer than it appears

  • Ephesians 4:29

    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (NIV)

    **MATERIAL ON THIS SITE IS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. For permission on reprints or reusing this material, please contact the individual authors. For sharing the actual post, please use the share buttons.

  • Blog Archives

  • Blog Stats

    • 88,290 hits
  • RSS April’s Blog: A Writer’s Journey

    • Evil Parents and Rotten Kids
      A-ZE is for Evil Parents and Rotten KidsI present you Jimmy Kimmel's annual "I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy" video montage. It's an artful mixture of cruelty, humor, and ghastly awe. My favorite is Drawer Boy. Now there's an ax murderer in the making.Which is your favorite?
      noreply@blogger.com (April Gardner)
  • RSS Barn Door Book Loft

    • A Warm Welcome to Roger Bruner!
      Is there a story behind your book The Devil and Pastor Gus?Absolutely! About thirty years ago—maybe forty—I wrote a little play called “B.L.Z.” When I say “little,” I mean little. Just a few pages. In this play, the Devil is disgusted with the fact that his son, Junior, always messes up his evil assignments by doing good instead and sends him to earth on one […]
    • The Devil and Pastor Gus
      Back Cover Blurb:Fifty. Half a century old. Closer to the grave than cradle. And what does Pastor Gus Gospello have to show for his fifty years on earth? Not much. Shepherd of a small church. Married without kids. Faithful keeper of God's commands. Well, most of them, anyway. Gus longs to make a difference for God to have an eternal legacy. Now, as he c […]
    • Cut It Out by Terri Gillespie
      Back CoverThe Hair Mavens are back! Women are flocking to the newly remodeled Hair Mavens Salon. But the salon isn’t the only thing that has changed—two more mavens arrive and create chaos for the ladies; and if that weren’t enough Katya is about to bring on something new that will change all their lives. KATYA: The former mousey Kathy has transformed into t […]
  • RSS Clash of the Titles

    • The December Clash Victory Goes To...
      KINSALE KISSESCongratulations, Elizabeth Maddrey! Kinsale Kisses received enough votes to claim the win! This clash received more votes than any other clash in COTT history. So we offer a big thank-you and a standing ovation to each of our contestants: Rachel A James with The Forgotten Princess of Elmetia, Heather Gray with Queen, Julie Arduini with Entruste […]
    • December Clash
      It's the most wonderful time of the year!This is our last clash of 2014, but the year isn't over yet! The Christmas season is in full swing and that means books, books, and more books! Whether you're looking for something to curl up with in front of the fire, or something to gift to your best friend, we've got you covered. Come "peek […]
    • Patricia Bradley in the Spotlight
      Former Clash Contestant Patricia Bradley is in the spotlight today! A popular romantic suspense author from Mississippi, her latest book "A Promise to Protect" released this fall and garnered high praise from readers. It's the second book in her Logan Point series, with the third releasing next summer.A Promise to Protect:In a steamy small tow […]
  • RSS Little Bits Blog

    • Chloe's Decision 
      As I stated last week, November is NANOWRIMO. I'm working on the next Stones Creek novel. It's the story of Chloe, Noah Preston's sister. She comes to Stones Creek with her two children. If you would like to read her pre-story simply subscribe to Sophie's Special Emails. No more than twice a month will you receive an email with special co […]
    • Remembering Fudgsicles
      It is November and thus NANOWRIMO, National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to begin a novel and write 50,000 words during the month. Since this occupies most of my focus for these four weeks I will be reposting previous articles each week this month. Fudgsicles, how long has it been since I’ve had a fudgsicle? I’m not sure, but they came to mind when […]
    • Are You Teachable?
      What? You think you know everything? I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news but no one knows everything. Oh, there is one, Hashem. He's omniscient. But no one else is. Even Yeshua (Jesus) isn't. He doesn't know the hour or day he will come again. Some people rejoice in learning something new. I tend to be one of those people. I read about […]
  • RSS Living Our Faith Out Loud

    • Book Review: Colors of Feelings LaToya Watson Children's Picture book
      Colors of FeelingsLaToya WatsonChildren’s picture bookPublish AmericaISBN 9781630844202$5.99 ebook; paperback and hardcover editions availablec. January 2014Buy on AmazonColors of Feelings is a great book about children who experience different feelings for each color of the rainbow.My review: Darling large format picture book with a four-stanza poem on the […]
    • CrossReads Book Blast: In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning by Dana Goodman
      In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the MourningBy Dana GoodmanAbout the Book: Author and Counsellor, Dana Goodman, shares her painful journey through heart breaking tragedy. After losing her 12-year-old son and 30-year-old husband to cancer, she must put back together the broken pieces of her life and her faith. Drawing hope from Christ, she describes how even the w […]
    • A special Memoir of a Daughter, Bethany's Calendar by Elaine Marie Cooper
      My dear writing friend Elaine Marie Cooper, whom I've also been blessed to spend face-to-face time with shares from her latest book. It's a family story, a family history of a sort, a saga like no other, one that no one hopes to encounter. Read Bethany's Calendar and find peace, hope, and love.~LisaAbout the Book:In January of 2002, Elaine’s w […]
  • RSS Nearly Brilliant

    • Book Review: Alzheimer's Prevention: Protect Your Brain for Life by Dr. Melody Jemison
      A very thorough book written by Dr. Melody Jemison. Jemison lists multiple things you can do to prevent the progression of Alzheimer's.  The author references a variety of studies. It's never too early to start putting these measures into place. In fact, the earlier the better, as taking the recommended supplements or establishing suggested regimen […]
    • Book Review: The Heart of a Gypsy by Roberta Kagan
      During Nazi Germay Christian Stearn, a freedom-fighter is rescued by a band of gypsies involved in the resistance after being captured by  the Nazis. Christian immediately falls in love with Nadya the beautify gypsy girl who helps orchestrate his rescue. Christian then joins forces and works with the gypsies.The author uses the story to help educate readers […]
    • Book Review: Hearts Awakening (Hearts Along the River) by Delia Parr
      Ellie Kilmer is a spinster with no money and a plain countenance.  Her only hope for supporting herself is to serve as a housekeeper on Dillon Island for widower Jackson,  a widower with young boys.  Jackson makes a marriage proposal to Ellie, but it will be in name only and he’s mainly after a cook and caregiver. The more Ellie gets to know Jackson the more […]
  • BLOG NEWS

    Thank you for your encouragement and support for the past three years. We've had fun connecting with you and hope you've found useful material here on Reflections. And here's the but... Reflections In Hindsight is closing on December 21, 2012. Elaine and Sophie and I can be found over at http://authorculture.blogspot.com; April can be found at Clash of the Titles, http://www.clashofthetitles, http://www.aprilgardner.com and watch for news for more novels from her!; Janet is ever-present on the Internet with her very special words of wisdom and grace at http://www.janetperezeckles.com, and Luther--who knows where he'll show up next, but I'd watch my back if I were you... Book Reviews are always important, so I, Lisa, will continue to offer them through my blog, as well as those promotions for your new books or book launches, or your news.
  • Second Monday: Sophie Dawson

  • Tuesdays – Promotion in Motion

  • Wednesdays: Life of a Writer – April & Positivity – Lisa Lickel

  • Thursdays – Luther’s on board

  • Fridays – Revolutionary Faith, Devotions by Elaine

  • Saturdays – Janet Perez Eckles

  • Sunday – Reflections Book Reviews

  • Blog Authors

  • The Barn Door

  • The Barn Door Book Loft. Free Books! Book Giveaways.

  • John 3:16 Marketing Network widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing a widget? (More info)>

Your Writing Career, A Pencil in God’s Hand, Part 1

Posted by April W Gardner on January 25, 2012

Have you ever stopped to think about how amazing our God is? To really think about it? Today, I’d like to consider a couple of points that drive home just how wonderful our God is. Next time we meet, we’ll take this information and see how we can apply it to our lives, specifically our writing careers.

God is Really, Really Big.

Christians often use the buzz word “omniscient” which gives a sense of God being rather large. He’s everywhere all at the same time, and well, that’s pretty humongous.

Canis Majoris and the Sun

In his video, “How Great is Our God,” Louie Giglio does an impressive job of conveying just how BIG our Creator is. In it, Louie describes Canis Majoris, the size of the largest known star, this way—“If the earth were a golf ball, next to it, Canis Major would be as tall as Mount Everest. You could fit 7 quadrillion earths into Canis Majoris. That’s enough golf balls to cover the entire state of Texas 22 inches deep.”

Wow.

He goes on to say, “And God breathed that star into existence.” Psalm 33:6–“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”

I don’t know of anyone else that can expel stars out of his mouth using his breath as the creative medium. Do you?

Psalm 8: 3-4–“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?”

And yet, He does…care for us, that is. Another point to add to His Amazingness Factor.

He’s Got a Handle on Time–Literally

When I was younger, I struggled to understand God’s perspective on time. Then a very wise man explained it to me this way. He held a pencil in front of him, parallel to the ground, and said that it represented all of time. At the tip was Creation, a little further down was Abraham, Moses, the Prophets. About the mid-way point, was the cross, Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We don’t know how long the pencil is, but most students of Scripture agree that we find ourselves close the eraser end of it.

God is holding the pencil (a.k.a. Time) firmly in his grasp, and He sees all of Time. At the same time. All in one massive glance.

God is not chained to a single notch in the pencil as we are. He is not a slave to the undaunted momentum of the clock as it relentlessly drives forward.

On the left hand, He sees the first flowers of Creation blooming for their Maker, and on the right, He sees the last to show their color before He destroys this old world to give way to the New Earth. He sees Ahab weeping over the vineyard he can’t have at the same time that He sees Jeremiah weeping over a rebellious Israel. The words “Crucify him” ring in his ear simultaneously with, “Father, forgive them.” At once, He is witness to the early Christians falling in Roman arenas and to Rome falling to the Vandals, some 400 human years further down the pencil.

There is a tiny notch in the Great Pencil of Time that belongs to each of us. He’s forming you in your mother’s womb at the same instant that He’s sending the angels to escort you Home. It’s already done. Victoriously written. And we are the privileged ones allowed to see it unfold one day at a time. To discover each new bend that the next moment brings.

God sees every instant between our birth and death. More than that, He lovingly, wisely, painstakingly crafted them. To wish it to be any differently is to spit in the face of God’s creative genius.

Ps 133:13-15–For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret,  And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;

Ps 133: 16-17 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;  And in Your book were all written  The days that were ordained for me,  When as yet there was not one of them.  How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!

Inside our life timelines, are our individual Writing Career Timelines.

Ps 133: 4–Even before there is a word on my tongue (or in a Word doc), Behold, O LORD, You KNOW it all.

KNOW—present tense, indicating God’s ability to see ALL of time in His present tense.

Imagine that! God already knows what we are going to write, whether our words will glorify Him or bring him dishonor. Whether we’ll follow His leading in the work we produce, or whether we’ll write what we want. He already has each word recorded! Kind of intimidating, but also terribly comforting.

Why comforting? Because He already sees every mistake I’ll make, and yet He loves me anyway. He knows every failure, and yet He still called me to write. He must believe that despite all my shortcomings, enough good will come of my writing to make it worth The Calling. Now that’s comforting, emboldening, sustaining.

Think on this—the same God who breathed Canis Major into existence and keeps that massive hunk of burning rock spinning right where it belongs, the same God who sees all of Time at one mind-boggling glance, thinks you’re worthy of your calling as a Christian writer. If that doesn’t encourage you, I’m not sure what will.

Next time I’m at Reflections in Hindsight, we’ll take this new-found awe and learn how it can and should change the way we view ourselves as Christian writers.

Until then, worship your Creator and the Master of Time the way He deserves—with bended knees, lifted hands, and a supple heart.

–April W Gardner is the author of the Creek Country Saga and the Sr. Editor of the literary site, Clash of the Titles. http://www.aprilwgardner.com

 

 

About these ads

5 Responses to “Your Writing Career, A Pencil in God’s Hand, Part 1”

  1. Definitely have to remember the time thingie.
    Thanks!!

  2. joannesher said

    Ooooh wow. Fantabulous, April. Needed this reminder, and SO looking forward to your next post!

  3. Such an inspiring post that makes a reader’s jaw open in the magnificent wonder of our God. Thanks for such a beautiful reminder.

  4. […] Your Writing Career, A Pencil in God’s Hand, Part 1 […]

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,246 other followers

%d bloggers like this: