I hope you all had a very blessed Easter! Mine was quiet but lovely. I went to my church's Saturday night service, which included the two man play, Fish Eyes. If you ever have a chance to see it, go! It is an often humorous — but also profound — look at the ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus through the eyes of brothers Peter and Andrew. I laughed and laughed, but I was also teary-eyed in places. Anyway, remember the name and see it if you have the chance.
Now on to today's post.
It's been my experience that readers often think novelists live exciting, extraordinary lives. The truth is, like most people, this novelist's life is quite ordinary. I work and I love and I hurt and I worry and I laugh and I cry.
Of course, a great deal of that never makes it into my public blogs — for the very reason that they are public. However, everything I experience does work its way into my novels, woven into the lives of my characters, a bit here, a bit there. What makes up me, makes up them.
God has a way of taking all of those things I experience and feel — the good and the bad, the easy and the hard, the ordinary and the extraordinary — and using them to teach me, about Himself and about myself. Sometimes, I would wish for fewer lessons. Or maybe I just wish for a few easy ones.
"Life is hard. God is good." That's a line from a favorite Pam Thum song. It's a truth I know deep down to my very core. Even when life is hard, God is always good.