Today, I've asked Katie to share a devotion that goes along with some of the spiritual themes in her debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter.
Don't forget to come back on Friday when we play Would You Rather with Katie and her main characters, Bethany and Evan!
Take it away, Katie, and thanks so much for sharing your heart with us today!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
I have to tell you, this verse used to confuse the crud out of me. I’d hear well-intentioned Christians quote it at each other and my forehead would go all wrinkly.
Because in reality, Christians suffer. Their spouse has an aneurysm. Or they struggle through infertility. Or they fall off a silo and end up in a wheelchair. Or (insert any number of bad things here).
And the whole idea of patting their shoulder and saying, “Don’t worry. God will work this out for your good” feels a little insensitive to me.
Especially since sometimes, the spouse doesn’t recover. Sometimes they’ll never get a positive pregnancy test. And sometimes they never leave the wheelchair.
So how can we possibly say God’s working for their good? It doesn’t make any sense.
At least not by our definition of good.
And there’s the crux of the verse. That one simple word.
What is good?
We know the world’s definition. To the world, good equals comfort. Good equals prosperity and health and popularity and independence and getting what we want. That’s how my main character, Bethany Quinn, sees it.
But maybe that’s not what good means to God.
Maybe to God, good means becoming more like Jesus. Relying more on Jesus. Discovering that all we really need is Jesus.
And maybe that doesn’t happen during times of prosperity. Maybe it’s during those times of grief, or helplessness, or failing health, or unmet expectations, that we take our eyes off the temporary things this world has to offer and draw nearer to Him.
Let’s Talk: What do you think God means by “good”? Have you grown closer to the Lord because of hard times?
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A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. Until an interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa. Determined to pay her respects while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.
Handsome farmhand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years. So when Bethany is left the land, he must fight her decisions to realize his dreams. But even as he disagrees with Bethany's vision, Evan feels drawn to her and the pain she keeps so carefully locked away.
For Bethany, making peace with her past and the God of her childhood doesn't seem like the path to freedom. Is letting go the only way to new life, love and a peace she's not even sure exists?
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