By Donna Schlachter
Have you ever watched a baseball game where the pitcher throws a curve ball? The batter changes his stance as the ball goes one way, hefts the bat as it changes direction, then either watches the ball sail past him as a perfect strike, or they swing wildly to hit the too high or too low ball. That’s the thing about curve balls—you never quite know where they’re going to end up.
Life often throws us curve balls we weren’t expecting. Unexpected illness. A bad diagnosis. An unplanned pregnancy. Marital strife. Family tensions and disagreements. Job loss. Change of location. Church division.
How we deal with these disruptions to our carefully laid plans tells a lot about our relationship with God. If we are grounded in the Word, confident of our salvation, and growing in our relationship with Him, we are in a much better position to not only overcome the situation, but to glorify God and see the benefit to us as we persevere.
One thing is certain, we cannot wait and hope that bad things won’t happen to us. We live in a world where sin abounds. People of all types make poor decisions every day. Politicians lie. The mechanic who fixes our car installs used parts and charges us for new. Our accountant fiddles with the numbers, and the IRS sees through it. Our best friend has an affair with our spouse. Our children make bad friends and end up addicted.
Facing any of these circumstances can leave us confused and lost. If God knew, why didn’t He stop it? And if He didn’t know, is He worth serving? Can we trust Him? And if we can’t, what now?
These questions—and more—cycled through the mind of the heroine, Edith Cooper, in my most recent release, Hollow Hearts. She headed west in a wagon train with her husband, who died suddenly. On the way back from the cemetery, she receives two marriage proposals from men she doesn’t consider as potential husbands. But what should she do? She has few options. The stationmaster, Albert Whitt, has already had two women jilt him. He’s not on the lookout for another. Yet there’s something about Widow Cooper that reaches deep into his jaded heart. Will they choose to follow God’s leading, or will they remain alone?
The answer for you, for me, and for my characters, is to walk in obedience to God. When we step out in faith, He covers our failings and makes a way. What He requires, He resources. But don’t wait until those curve balls come at you from all directions. Dig deep into His Word, the Bible, now, so that you know your direction.
Check out Hollow Hearts, Book 2 of “Hearts of the Pony Express” here: https://www.amazon.com/Hollow-Hearts-Book-Pony-Express-ebook/dp/B0B5B7H4XG
A hybrid author, Donna writes squeaky clean historical and contemporary suspense. She has been published more than 50 times in books; is a member of several writers groups; facilitates a critique group; teaches writing classes; ghostwrites; edits; and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, traveling extensively for both, and is an avid oil painter.
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