So much has happened in the past month. It has been enough to make my head spin. It has spun and whirled and the Christmas season has come and gone, and to be honest, I felt flown right through the month of December.
And some parts of the season stuck firm and deep in my bones, and some parts of the life around me have felt like a cutting of flesh…painful and hard. Marriages around us breaking, death of loved ones coming too soon, sorting through my own depravity…all tempered in with the hard has been some beautiful good too.
I always find it strange how the good and the bad can walk so near…never touching one another, but walking on either side of me. It’s the tension of living with the righteousness of Christ, accessing the goodness of God. The good and the evil simultaneously happening around us while one foot steps in front of the other through this fallen world.
One cannot remove from us the experience of the other. The good is no less good because of the bad nearby. And the bad, though horribly bad….carries a hope of redemption and restoration through Christ.
His mercies are new every morning. There is fresh glory in His face with each new dawn.
So we remain curious after God. Because we don’t know what each new day may bring. We don’t know what new glory may be revealed in or through or around us. So we put one foot in front of the other…and we peer around bends and look into cracked doors of opportunity, and we stay curious after the things of the Lord. It’s the way we must learn to walk.
And in my own curiosity after the Lord, I now find myself in a place I’d never even considered…
I’m writing a book!
A real, live book…with pages and a binding and words not printed off of my own desk jet or input into a wordpress blog post. Words that will be printed by David C Cook Publishers in 2016, and written over the next few months. (Well, some words are already written, but I have to finish the book!) And I have cried and cried over the sheer kindness of the Lord to allow me to do this. It wasn’t even a dream that I ever had…it just happened along the way in this curious journey after God that I’ve been on over the last several years.
I made a quick little video a few months ago with my book proposal, and while so much remains to be seen in editorial cuts and pastes…you can get the general idea from it. So for now…it’s called Curious Faith, and I invite you to journey with me as we see what the Lord can do when we follow along after Him.