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

    • 92,328 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

    • Mississippi Author Emerald Barnes
      Welcome to the Book Loft, Emerald. Is there a story behind your new novella Before We Say I Do?Yes. Before We Say I Do is the continuation of Entertaining Angels, and it keeps true to that story in that there’s a message to be learned. But in this one, we learn that forgiveness is the key to a healthier, happier life. It’s about learning that if we can’t for […]
    • Before We Say I Do by Emerald Barnes
      Following the best-selling first book of the series, Entertaining Angels, comes Before We Say I Do, An Entertaining Angels Short Story. Chase Sanders and Madison Andrews are about to declare their love for one another in the most sacred of ways. Everything has been going perfectly, especially when an old friend returns to town to stand by Chase’s side on the […]
    • More Book Winners
      Once again, we offer you a warm welcome to the Bookshelf of the Barn Door Book Loft. And before we announce our winners we’d like to offer a special thanks to these Christian authors who offered a sample of their writing to our faithful readers:  Anna M. Aquino who offered her Devotional  Confessions of a Ninja Mom. Margaret Brownley who offered her Historic […]
  • RSS Clash of the Titles

    • The Winner of the June New Releases Clash
      Thank you to all of our authorsVanessa RileyShannon VannatterLuana EhrlichDianne J. WilsonMisty BellerTo quote one of our Clash of the Titles visitors This is “Another WOW reading list for us avid readers.”And the winner is!Congratulations! Finding Mia by Dianne Jennifer WilsonIsobel is on the hunt for her missing muse. What she finds instead is an abandoned […]
    • Welcome to the June New Releases Clash
      What a great bunch of books to take on vacation or read under a shady tree this summer. Selections include a Regency romance, a thriller, the story of an abandoned child found by the shore and two Westerns. Peruse below and let us know which one you’ll put on top of the stack in your beach bag. Scroll down and vote in the survey box. Then let your friends kn […]
    • COTT Features: "Until the Harvest" by Sarah Loudin Thomas
      This follow-up story will delight readers of Thomas’ previous novel, but, it reads perfectly as a standalone as well.                                                                                         – RT Book Reviews Top Pick – 4.5 starsAbout the book:When a family tragedy derails Henry Phillips’s college studies, he’s left unmoored and feeling abando […]
  • RSS Little Bits Blog

    • I'm Baack, I Think
      If you haven't noticed, which I actually hope you have, I haven't blogged for a while. Well, I needed a break. I'd published seven books in three years and I was sort of written out. I simply needed a break. So now I think the break is over. I'm thinking about writing again and have several projects in different stages of writing. They we […]
    • 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 […]
  • RSS Living Our Faith Out Loud

    • Frankie Bow and her mystery The Musubi Murder
      First released in Audio Format, Frankie Bow's debut cozy mystery The Musubi Murder is now available in Print from Five Star/CengageTHE MUSUBI MURDER Frankie BowBuy the Book:Amazon B&N Powell's Audible About the Book:     Small town life, big academic egos, corruption, revenge, and Spam musubis! The Musubi Murder is the first campus crime novel […]
    • Fall From Grace by J Edward Ritchie
      Kindle .99Print: 14.95424 ppJanuary 2015ISBN-13: 978-1502973863About the Book: Heaven: a paradise of all that is pure in Creation. Led by brothers Michael and Satanail, the Angelic Host is a testament to cosmic harmony and love. But when an unprecedented revelation threatens to uproot their peace, a schism splits the Host’s loyalties. Every angel has to make […]
    • Madcap Fun with Lindsey Paley and her new book
      June 2015A Camille Carter Novel Book OneBuy on Amazon2.99 ebookFrom the Publisher:When all-round buttercream princess, Millie Carter, becomes stranded at Craiglea Manor Cookery School, she believes her chance of enjoying a merry festive season is over.The village of Aisford is Christmas-card perfect, but Millie hates it - she hates the snow, her freezing fin […]
  • RSS Nearly Brilliant

    • The Color of the Season by Julianne MacLean
      NOTE:  Due to a serious need to cut back on my workload, this will be my last official book review on this blog.It doesn’t seem possible that the evening can get any worse for police officer Josh Wallace after he is dumped by the girlfriend he planned to propose to, but it does.  Josh and his partner are shot while chasing a carjacking suspect. While on the […]
    • Book Review: Swept Away (Trouble in texas Book 1) by Mary Connealy
      Ruthy MacNeil is rescued by Luke Stone after she nearly drowns fording a flooded river with a wagon train. Her step family doesn’t survive and she is finally free of their mistreatment. Luke surived the horrific ordeal as a prisoner of war in notorious Anderson prison during the civil war, only to learn that his father has been killed and the family ranch st […]
    • Book Review of Everything She Ever Wanted by Ann Rule
      When Pat Taylor wed Tom Allanson he had no way of knowing it would destroy his life in just a matter of weeksIn fact, Pat destroyed a lot of people’s lives. The attractive Southern belle was spoiled by her mother and she expected to live a lavish lifestyle at any cost. Nobody crosses Pat who was fascinated with Scarlett O’Hara. Pat could pour on the charm, b […]
  • 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

 

 

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: