By day, I teach classroom music in a primary school. By night, I’m a shy, retiring woodland creature who swims on the reef presided over by Her Sharkliness herself, also known as the Queen Of The Known Universe [QOTKU]. And for those of you saying, “Huh? What’s a woodland creature doing on a reef?” I’m referring to the website that WritersDigest listed as ‘Best of the Best’ just last week, the blog run by New York literary guru Janet Reid. (Hi, any visiting Reiders who were also convinced by Colin to do this #AtoZchallenge!)
Congrats to @Janet_Reid for “Best of the Best” Agent Website in the new @WritersDigest! I don’t see a category for Comments, though… 😉
— Colin Smith (@colin_d_smith) April 1, 2016
The Reef is her blog. And the majority of the people who follow are writers. Most of us are shy and retiring. Woodland creatures.
You see, entering the world of writing and publishing is nerve-wracking. I’m the first to admit that I’m a writhing bundle of nerves when I hit ‘send’ on an email query to a prospective agent. Even clicking ‘publish’ on a comment on her blog has my heart racing, for fear I’ll show the world what a complete and utter fraud I am; and how exceptionally laughable it is that I’m aspiring to be a published writer.
But Janet gets that. She understands us. And the Reiders who swim her Reef are honestly the most supportive group of online people you could find anywhere. Bar none.
“So how does that relate to God’s metaphor?” I hear you thinking.
Well, the QOTKU delivers writers from the depths of despair on a daily basis. Needing advice on querying? How about contracts? Pen-name conundrums? Thoughts on self-publishing? We Reiders are treated to fascinating insight into the publishing industry; we absorb the latest in relevant information; AND we get to derive comfort from companionship with other reef dwellers. Because of her, we have a better chance of negotiating the tricky waters of the writing industry.
And that’s what God does. He’s our Deliverer, too.
Psalm 18 verse 2 starts: “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer…”
We don’t need to worry about any fearful situations we get ourselves into; God can deliver us. He already has.
When He died on the cross almost 2,000 years ago, he delivered us from the consequences of our sinful lives. He gave us the opportunity to come back into relationship with God again. He paid the penalty for us, so that we might be delivered. We can stand strong; Jesus has done the work for us.
And that’s my takeaway lesson for Day 4 of this A to Z blogging challenge. God is our Deliverer. Which – for me – means I can hold my head high; because Jesus Himself paid the price for me! And you know what? He paid the price for you, too! 😀
Have a great day, dear reader!
4 replies on “26 lessons from God’s metaphors: #4”
I am blind in so many ways, and here’s yet another. I wanted to hit Like for this post, but … I can’t find a Like button anywhere! Does one exist for your blog, Kae? It was probably hiding under my cursor!
Hi John! And thanks for ‘Liking’ my post! (And a rather inventive way of doing so too; I grinned at that one!)
Actually, I don’t think one *does* exist for my blog; just ‘share’ on FB or twitter. Maybe it’s only Blogger that has a ‘like’ by default? Anyway, I’ll have to look into it 🙂 Thanks for the heads-up!
Love the concept of deliverance. Only just this morning I had an instance of deliverance from a nadir of despair and grief.
Oh Heidi, I’m so sorry to hear you were having such an awful time – but that’s such good news to hear of your deliverance!
Thanks for your comment, and it’s lovely you could stop by! 🙂