Pondering. That’s the word for the state I’m in.

Let your eyes look directly forward,

and your gaze be straight before you.

Ponder the path of your feet;

then all your ways will be sure.

Proverbs 4: 25&26

So, I’ve been pondering for a while now – what’s next? I see snippets of stories in my consciousness, but they are like loose threads, all going in different directions and I can’t seem to thread any of them into a needle to start stitching them together!

Pondering seems like a state of consciousness, but it’s actually a verb. It’s something you do. And these verses in Proverbs clearly state that if we ponder where we are going, if we wait patiently in prayer and don’t rush in, we will find the way is sure.

To me, this verse is saying: Along the path of life, God is not only our goal, he is our guide.

If you’ve read any of my books, hopefully you find that the characters and their stories reflect this timeless truth. Because God is the goal and the guide in my life, it’s essential that he figures prominently in my books. And while this is an instinct for me, it does require discipline to wait for his story to be revealed. Sometimes, it’s tempting to choose the more expedient path – the easy one – you know, just tell a story like countless others out there, put your spin on it and roll with it, etc.

But …

That wouldn’t be pondering the path of my feet.

So …

I will wait patiently , focus my gaze forward and ponder my path. Hopefully somewhere, possibly around the next bend of the path, a story reveals itself.

But, if not, my way will remain sure.


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