As I've been working to clear out the house of 28 years of accumulated stuff I've been reading a lot of books to try and relax in the evening. I really enjoy reading and try to make time each morning and evening to do a bit. It was interesting that in a devotional I read earlier in the week the thought was presented that in every story we read God can be found. I think the authors premise was that where ever there is protection, love, help, serving, and such it is God that is behind those acts. The author of the devotion challenged his readers to look for God's presence in everything we read and everything we experience during a days time. Not sure if I follow his thinking about God being found in every book I've read, but it an interesting thought.
The book I am reading at the moment is The Letter by Richard Paul Evans. It is the last book in The Christmas Box collection. I've already read The Christmas Box and The Timepiece. All are easy and quick reads and for light reading they are enjoyable. There were several statements made by one of the characters in the chapter of the book as he tried to help a friend deal with the pain of separation that stuck me this morning. He said "We all got things under our skin. Everybody does. Like a glass sliver. Can't see nothin' there, but it works its way in deeper until it gets to festerin' and hurts so that we are ready just to cut the whole thing out." Yep I guess I would have to agree with Lawrence. I think at some time of our lives each and everyone of us has a glass sliver that has to be cut out or the festerin' gets real back and infection sets in. If not taken car of the infection can kill us. A shot while later Lawrence responds to David who has just said his wife fell out of love with him, " David, you talk 'bout love like it a hole. Somethin' you can fall in and out of." David responds, "Isn't it?" Lawrence answers, "That ain't love at all, just squirrel fever. Just a storm of emotion....Real love ain't that way. It's more like a tree or plant or somethin'....Grows if you mind it. But it takes work and sacrifice. No one stand back of a neglected tree and watch it die and say, 'Guess that tree just ain't suppose to live.' Only a fool would talk like that. But people do it all the time with their love."
Maybe not God found here, but maybe a message I need to hear.