In Between the Pages! Resting in the Arms of an Unchanging God by Penny Zeller
By Penny Zeller
Every year for Mother’s Day, my family takes me to the nursery to pick out flowers for our flower garden. To say that I look forward to this for months on end would be an understatement. My family joins me in planting numerous pots full of luscious flowers. My husband would tell you that is the easy part.
The hard part? I change my mind more than a few times on where to place the pots and how to organize them around the yard. Lon, sometimes with the aid of our ancient Radio Flyer wagon, hauls the pots to just the right place. And then to just the right place again.
It’s a running joke that I can’t make up my mind for the placement of pots overflowing with petunias, pansies, daisies, verbenas, and fuchsias. But while I may be indecisive on where my flowers will best thrive and where our family will appreciate them most, there is One who isn’t indecisive.
One whose mind isn’t swayed.
One who remains steadfast.
In a world that has changed dramatically in the past ten years (and even more so in the past two), it’s always disconcerting to imagine what the next day will bring. Toxic news stories are everywhere from TV to the internet. Anxiety rates have risen, depression is more prevalent than ever, and discord among friends and family is becoming commonplace.
But through all the craziness, lunacy, and insanity that has abounded in recent months, God remains steadfast, faithful, and unchanging. His Word remains the same, never wavering for a moment, even though the tides of everyday life change quicker than we can comprehend.
Psalm 86:15 tells us, “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness”.
Today, let’s rest in the steadfast love of the Lord. Remembering that, while this world constantly changes, and in those changes it can be a frightening place to reside, there is One whose love, whose Word, whose very Being never changes. Let’s rest in His arms in light of chaos, fear, unfairness, loss of freedom, heartache, and lost relationships and remember that in all of this, He truly is our unchanging refuge.
May we keep our eyes on Him, never wavering from the One who can truly give us rest.
Who knew concealing one’s true identity could be so disastrous?
Who knew asserting one’s independence would cause such embarrassment? If only Almira “Emilie” Crawford Wheeler hadn’t insisted upon carrying her own stack of parcels, she wouldn’t have landed in an unladylike heap on the boardwalk. And what about the half-truth she told the handsome stranger who came to her aid? The stranger she never expected to see again?
Thad Alexander Evanson should have been paying closer attention to the boardwalk, rather than the newfangled automobile motoring down the street. Had he been more astute, a collision with the beautiful parcel-laden stranger might never have happened. And if it never had happened, he wouldn’t have told a partial-truth he figured wouldn’t matter.
Before long, Emilie and Thad are arranging to meet for a noonday meal each weekend in Missoula under the guise of different names. But what happens when their true identities are revealed? When half-truths are exposed? Could God have a plan even in the midst of a tangled web of lies?
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Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics. Today Penny is a multi-published author of several inspirational books. She is also a homeschool mom and a fitness instructor.
When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, cycling, gardening, and playing volleyball.
She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her website www.pennyzeller.com and her blog, random thoughts from a day in the life of a wife, mom, and author, at www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com.
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Thank you so much for having me as your guest, Stacy! It is an honor to be here.ReplyDelete
You're welcome, Penny. It's an absolute delight to have you on the blog. Blessings!Delete