Turn the Page!
From a young age, I’ve been a fan of the written word. Actually my mom kicked off this love affair that I have for literature – she read to me before I was even introduced to this world. So ever since my residential address was 555 My Mother’s Womb Avenue… I’ve been surrounded by books.
It’s been my experience that a captivating author has the ability to thrust you away to an unknown land, culture or time period and it will feel as if you are truly a resident of that place. Yep, I’m that girl that can be cuddled up in the wee hours of the morning, glued to a riveting story line as if I don’t have a bill payer (a.k.a my job) to go to in the morning.
And now with the advent of e-books, you don’t have to drive to your local library, book store or even wait for online delivery (thank you Jesus for Amazon Prime Memberships!). Don’t get me wrong, I love the instant delivery that e-books offer just like the next person…but there truly is something to be said about the smell of the paper found in a physical book. Regardless of how I get it – paperback, hardback or electronic – I sure do love a good page turner!
Matter of fact, one of the bummers of a good book is when you’ve come to the end. The story line can be so good, you just want it to keep going and going and going. Ah, what a relief to know that the book has more pages to go and although it is the end of the chapter, it’s not the end of the book.
When life happens, it can
That’s only true though, if it’s a good book. The opposite can be true if the story line is difficult to follow or is too gloomy or nefarious (sinister) or maybe even hits too close to home – perhaps resembling and/or drudging up a challenging time in your life. Feelings of anger, frustration or fear could come on the scene…and the thought of turning the page could represent a monumental obstacle. Perhaps you have turned the page many times over, only to be let down once again. When life happens…it can really happen. Although it is just one page being turned, its significance and symbolism far outweighs the seeming insignificance of just one page.
I’ve got an announcement…
I’ve got an announcement, it’s just the end of the chapter my friend, not the end of the book! The good news is that no matter how challenging, difficult or just down right hard the previous chapter(s) may have been…it’s ok to turn the page.
Hands down, my favorite book of literature is the bible. Now listen shuga’, these modern-day reality shows that fill our airwaves, have nothing and I mean nothing on the many adventures that line the pages of the first 39 books of the bible (otherwise known as the Old Testament).
One such biblical “reality” story can be found in the book of Genesis, chapter 16. The main characters involved are the 1st wife (Sarai), her husband (Abram) and the maid who becomes the 2nd wife (Hagar). Sarai was unsuccessful at bearing a child for Abram and God had promised them a child. So she figured she’d help God out with His promise – raise your hand if you’ve ever done that! Sarai offered her maid, Hagar, to Abram to take as his wife and then consummate their union with the hopes of it producing the promised child. Well, they got married, Hagar got pregnant and commenced to immediately throw up her new found status in Sarai’s face – and Sarai started trippin’. SIDEBAR: if you have a chance, check out what the bible says about this very scenario in the 30th chapter of Proverbs, verses 21-23. The Message version of the bible says it like no other!
OK, back to the Real
Housewives of Genesis…
OK, back to the Real Housewives of Genesis…things got too heated with Sarai, so Hagar packed up her things and fled the scene. Roaming the wilderness pregnant, alone, lonely and desperate, Hagar cried out to God. And in spite of her stirring the pot, in spite of her fleeing the scene, in spite of her current wilderness location, God replied.
Honeyyyyy, that day, Hagar learned that God is indeed worthy of the name El Roi (el-roh-ee) – which means He is the God Who Sees. Even though it seemed like the end of the book, God had not forgotten about her and He provided direction and instructions on what she needed to do next. All she had to do was turn the page and start the next chapter.
…know this, it is NOT the end
of the book!
Dear Peculiar Chix, the fear, disappointment, anger, frustration or whatever took place in the last chapter of your life…know this, it is NOT the end of the book! There is more to be discovered in your journey. There is more to be written in your story. THERE.IS.MORE.
So buckle up, lick those two fingers and get ready to turn the page.
Are you familiar with the proverbial statement of “it ain’t over until the fat lady sings”? Welllllllll her pianist hasn’t tuned up the organ yet…and she certainly has not belted out the first note. Come on…let’s go see what the next chapter has in store!