A man of sorrows
“He was…a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.” Have you heard that before? This is a quote from Isaiah 53 and is a prophecy of the Messiah known to much of the world as Jesus.
When people were made God gave them an opportunity to trust him. He placed the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden. “Don’t eat from that tree,” was the one command. Added to it was the consequence of death for eating. Two-way love cannot exist without choice and that was the test. It was as if God was saying, “Will you trust what I say about right and wrong or will you prefer your own decisions about right and wrong.”
We know what decision was made. “My way,” they chose and death, God-man separation began. Eternal death on earth, hell this side of physical death commenced then and there.
What also started was sorrow, grief, pain, loss…the kind of thing Ginny Carter’s life has been wrecked with. Also the kind of thing that our lives have been wrecked with.
In the Bible we see God’s story of restoration.
Blue and the Bible
Were Ginny and Blue’s paths to cross that day? Were they meant to meet? That is for Danielle Steel to elucidate and I suspect she will. I still have only read the first two chapters.
The Bible tells us that God is real, that he cares, that he is interested and sees our lives. Not only so, but he can sympathize with our weaknesses because he came and lived among us. He was rejected by his people after doing good to them. I don’t know if Blue will reject Ginny. Mankind rejected God, though.
It is unlikely that most people will philosophize about a Danielle Steel book. It is rarer still that we will bump into someone reading that very book when we have its details fresh in our minds. It is not rare that we will be in the midst of sorrowing people, or those making decisions in the midst of their sorrows. Some decisions may be terrible and others seemingly altruistic. It matters not all of us need Jesus.
God will bring the Christian and the non-Christian into proximity when valuable things may come of it. Adam and Eve did not trust God with their first decision. We can, though, trust God with our now and future decisions. We can be on the lookout to spread God’s help to those buried to their eyes in trouble.
Look for it.
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