Great! When my manuscript document for “Raise Your Gaze . . . Mindful Musings of a Grateful Heart” was nearing the end of its journey and editing and formatting and final checking were just about complete, things got horribly scrambled. Intense reworking was carried out against tight time lines.
Great! Time for it to go to the printer. But then, upon its arrival on the other side of the continent on the printer’s computer system — haywire . . . Again!
Of course, the ironic tone behind the above ‘Greats!’ is intentional.
But Great! I’m glad to report that the book, Raise Your Gaze, is now out — despite the challenges. Those of us involved in the process have had an opportunity to learn. (Thank you Lord . . . my gaze is raised!)
Ever had that jinxed feeling? Has the thought ever crossed your mind? It most likely happens when we experience the sting of a string of disappointments, such as when when several household items, or our car or equipment break down. Sometimes it’s a raft of health challenges or difficult personal or family circumstances that assault us.
My late Dad, who became a committed Christian and follower of Jesus in 1938, used to say, “Listen son, the Scripture teaches us that nothing cometh by chance, but all things are ordained of the Lord.”
If we accept that as true, then we understand we’re not jinxed, but imperfect humans living in an imperfect work. Personally though, I am human, yet more than human. (John 1:1-14; 3:1-8; Titus 3:4-8; 1 John 3:1-3). That is because I have received spiritual rebirth through the operation of the Holy Spirit, and now I am a spiritual child of God. Let me express it this way:
~I am God’s ‘property’ and offspring by virtue of Creation.
~I am His ‘treasure’ and spiritual child by virtue of Re-Creation. That is, as the result of Redemption. Redemption, a wonderful theme, because it is a marvellous reality.
Redemption – essentially meaning to buy back, set free at a price; to reclaim and reinstate. Yep, redemption costs, and in Jesus Christ, God Almighty paid the price His righteousness demands, through Jesus’ sufferings and death on the Cross (as recorded in the latter chapters of the four Gospels), to set me free from my sins and their penalty and power.
He did that for you, too. (Matt. 20:28; John 3:16-17; Ephesians 1:7.) Read Paul’s letters to the Romans and his other letters, the Hebrews letter, and Peter’s letters (all are in the New Testament Scriptures). Redemption through the shed blood of Christ is there.
But what about the jinxing or the not jinxing thing? In this world we encounter troubles; however, God is greater that our troubles. We thank Him for our blessings for those times when life sails along nicely. And we also look to Him for help, wisdom and understanding — and for divine intervention too, when things run against us and the going’s tough.
The forces of darkness in the spiritual realms attempt to steal, kill and destroy, but Christ came to give us a quality of life that transcends time and space, and material possessions — or even the lack of them (John 10:10; Philippians 4:12-13).
Our Heavenly Father knows what’s coming down the pike. He can prevent it, His Holy Spirit might lead us to a diversion around it, or He may take us through it.
He has promised to be with us, and that raises our gaze. Let us ever look upward to see and receive and live in His grace!
Not jinxed, but blessed — and not by chance, but according our Heavenly Father’s will and action.
Peter’s second book, “Raise Your Gaze – Mindful Musings of a Grateful Heart” (collection of 52 revised articles from P-Pep! column, sprinkled with Words to Bless), is now in print. Published by Angel Hope Publishing. An ebook version will soon be available.
ISBN: 978-0-9920074-2-3. List Price $19.50.
Available from: http://www.glynisbelec.com ; Amazon
Peter A. Black is a freelance writer in Southwestern Ontario, and is author of “Parables from the Pond” – a children’s / family book (mildly educational, inspirational in orientation, character reinforcing. 39 stories, 232 pp, b/w illustrations. Finalist – Word Alive Press. The book has found a place in various settings with a readership ranging from kids to senior adults.
ISBN: 1897373-21-X. Available through bookstores, the author and at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca . List price $15.99.
His inspirational column, P-Pep! appears weekly in The Guide-Advocate (of Southwestern Ontario). His articles have appeared in 50 Plus Contact (now SAGE) and testimony, and several newspapers in Ontario. ~~+~~