"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

1/18/12

Feathers and Fluff - God Is So Good

Welcome to my Wednesday feature God is So Good. Here I will share stories - true and fiction, mine and others' - of the Lord's presence in the midst of trials, struggles, and difficulties.

 In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33b
Sometimes, it's the little things that make such a huge difference. I have discovered, remarkably, that I find it easier to trust the Lord when things are terrible than when something minor isn't just right. Yet, God is good, and present, in every situation, whether big or small. And, I think, we're much more likely to forget to give Him the credit when it's something minor. Like this one day...

 Almost exactly a year ago, I wasn't the cheery, optimistic person many of you know me to be - at least on this one particular day. It had been a lousy morning. I was anticipating some pretty bad news. What news? I have no idea anymore (so it obviously wasn't anything life-changing). The kids had been grumpy. The internet was slow. I was a grouch. I was depressed.

I headed to my son's fourth grade class to help the kids edit/proofread some "Snowman stories" they had written. This was my favorite volunteer "job." But still, thinking about it scarcely lightened my mood.

But then I walked in the room, and Mrs. Maxted handed me something. She had no idea it was just the "feathers and fluff" that I needed on this grumpy day.

This pen had been HAND-MADE for me - "Editor Sher" as Mrs. Maxted always called me. How could I NOT smile when I looked at it? Held it? Used it? (and how could my editing POSSIBLY be too harsh for these 9- and 10-year olds when they received it with feathers waving in their faces?)

I used that pen for months, and every time, it brought a grin to my face. Mrs. Maxted - and the Lord - helped me get out of my silly funk. He is SO good!
Do you have a story you'd like to share about God's goodness in your struggles? Drop me an email and we can talk!

Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

5 comments:

  1. Love your feathered pen, JoDear.
    I love how God meets us where we are and is so very faithful!

    Hugs!!

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  2. I love how God can make us laugh, just when we need it.

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  3. He knows how to give us just what we need, when we need it.

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  4. I love it when God uses small things to bring a smile to our lips, reminding us that He loves us and is with us.

    I love learning all about you, Joanne! Such a great post!

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  5. God is good, indeed! And His timing is perfect. I think I would have all cheered up by that gift too. :)

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