Dear readers, from time to time I ask others to share their stories of faith, hope, and love in order to encourage us all. If you have a story to share, you can find my guidelines under the Connect tab. In the meantime, welcome Sharon Srock!
I read a story once about a man in a wheelchair who went to a concert. While the music played the poor man became upset when he couldn’t see the stage due to all the people standing around him. Two men took pity on him and held him up so that he could see the thing he needed to see.
This story slammed my heart. Not because of this poor crippled man at the concert, but because I am the poor crippled man at the concert.
I go through my life day by day. Worries about jobs, bills, family, and writing surround me. They hinder my human ability to keep my eyes on the thing I need to see. The answer that God has already promised me. I grow frustrated and tired. I huddle in my wheelchair, reduced to tears. A small person in a land of giants. A person in need of help.
Here’s the good news. God never leaves me in that chair.
For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
And in their hands they shall bear thee up, least at any time, thou dash thy foot against a stone.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Every single time I’m surrounded by the overwhelming problems and worries of my day, God lifts me above them and allows me to see the “stage”. The stage is where the action is. It’s where the answers to my problems are generated. Once I can see over the problem, I am calmed and reassured.
I’m not discounting the human help the man in the story received, thank God for human friends, but guess what? God didn’t promise me two strong arms to lean on, He promised me wings.
Author Sharon Srock went from science fiction to Christian fiction at slightly less than warp speed. Twenty five years ago, she cut her writer’s teeth on Star Trek fiction. Today, she writes inspirational stories that focus on ordinary women using their faith to accomplish extraordinary things. Sharon lives in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma with her husband and three very large dogs. When she isn’t working or writing, she loves to read, cook, and travel. She’s still working on a way to do all three at the same time.
Karla Black had everything she ever wanted until the night tragedy tore her world apart, stealing her husband and her identity in one vicious twist. Twelve months later Karla is a shadow of the woman she used to be, struggling through her grief, living with bankrupt emotions, and resisting any suggestion that God might give her a second chance at love.
Ian McAlister was a helpless bystander as breast cancer took his beloved wife from him one breath at a time. As days of grief turn into months, Ian begins to dwell on the vow she elicited from him before her death. Promise me that you won’t grieve for too long. But how will he know when it’s time?
Two broken hearts, two futures destroyed by death, until a chance meeting in an unexpected place kindles a friendship between Karla and Ian that rockets into a romance neither one anticipated. Can they overcome their grief and the objection of family members to grab onto the surprising future that God has for them?