Same Song, New Verse
Spring, what a lovely time of renewal. Brown, stubby grass turns green and needs to be mowed overnight. Skeletal trees and bushes lose their winter leanness as sun and rain put flesh back on their bones. Even the weeds on the back forty slip into their Easter wardrobe, bursting with multicolored blooms and dancing with butterflies. It’s a season of change, but it is also a season of sameness. All of that new life isn’t a different life, it’s simply a renewing of what God made them to be. If you dig up a rose bush and plant it in an apple orchard, Its still a rose bush. The location may be different, it’s path may be interrupted, but it adapts to its new, it doesn’t send up a desperate what were You thinking plea to the Almighty, it simply blooms where its planted.
So it is with our lives. God made each of us to be something distinctive and individual. The Bible says that He knew us before we were formed. Before we breathed a breath, He had a perfect plan for us. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to know where God wants us to end up even though the getting there is a little foggy. I’m really bad about giving God a step by step plan about how I want to get to where He wants me to go. Sometimes God pats me on the head and nudges me back on track, sometimes He plucks me up from my comfort zone and smacks me down in the middle of an unexplored path. Doesn’t mean his plan for me has changed. Just means He has a better way of getting me from point A to point B.
If that replanted rose bush decides to cross its branches and never bloom again, It’s still going to be a rose bush, just less beautiful for its stubbornness. Have you discovered God’s plan for your life? Do you feel like God is trying to write a new verse in the song of your life this year? It really is less about the path and more about the destination. Its spring. Bloom. Sing.
Steve is a successful writer and a good father, but Terri is horrified when Steve’s book research leads him to a harsh confrontation with the parents of her foster child. She needs to distance herself from Steve, but her efforts fall short as his two scheming daughters plot to make Terri their new stepmother.
Will harsh words and sneaky plans drive Kelsey’s family further apart and put a wedge between Terri and Steve? Or does God have another plan in store?
Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s debut novel, The Women of Valley View: Callie released in October 2012. The second in the series, The Women of Valley View: Terri releases in April 2013.
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