Dear Reading Friends, this is David Telbat with a new Author Reflection. Someone recently challenged me to list some fun facts about myself for you. Since I primarily write fiction, I’m not often forthcoming about my own experiences—though I do weave pieces of my life into various novel characters and/or plots. Any one of us can come up with a silly or quirky list of facts about ourselves. We can show how God is involved through these facts, as well as how uniquely God has “determined appointed times and boundaries of [our] habitations” (Acts 17:26). Here are some fun facts about me.
Fun Facts about David Telbat
* A flat tire saved my life in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
Most of us have had moments in our lives in which we can look back and absolutely know that we should have died. Pointing out God’s obvious hand in our lives can be good witnessing tools to nonbelievers. They’ve had those moments, too!
* I’ve hunted mountain lions, crossed paths with bears while fishing, and free-climbed Rocky Mountain cliffs—but spiders send me running for my life!
God has allowed me to experience quite a variety of wilderness activities in my life, and it is many of these first-hand perspectives I enjoy inserting into various survival scenarios in some novel scenes. Though I am safely seated at my desk writing those scenes, I’m still not sure I’m courageous enough to write a gripping spider tale. No thanks!
*As a youth, I took piano lessons. As a teen, I played percussion in the pep band. Now as an adult, I play old hymns on the harmonica—but I still can’t sing on key.
I’m not what you’d call musically gifted, but being exposed to various instruments has added color to my life. Though I may not be pleasant-sounding to the human ear, I like to think the Lord enjoys my private attempts to honor Him with a tune now and then. But maybe I just make Him laugh. 😉
*I’ve read every Louis L’Amour novel, a few of them by my watch light under the covers!
These old westerns were an escape for me as a young teen through a few rough years following a tragedy. Little did I know that God would turn my inner turmoil as a reclusive reader into a literary outreach for Him and His people. God knows how to turn our tragedies into triumphs. We just need to be patient.
*A friend and I once went swimming in a pond in Orlando—until we realized the shadows moving past us were alligators!
This was one of those clashes—when a kid from the Rocky Mountains became aware that Florida’s wildlife dangers don’t always come with warning signs! We climbed back into our paddle boat in an instant. That pond behind the hotel off the highway lost its appeal after that!
God can use fun facts to show us that we are no accident. God remains involved in the details of our lives, even in the difficult or silly ones.
See you on the next page!
NOTE: David invites you to share a fun fact about yourself (yes, please just one), showing God’s hand on your life. We ask that you keep it short and to the point (a four or five-lined paragraph like the ones above). He may not have time to respond to you, but we assure you, David will read each fact you share. If we get several, I’d like to share them with all his readers in a future post, if you give us your permission. Please state this in your email back to us: “I give you permission to share this in a future post.” Dee will label it by your first name or initials, whichever you prefer. (Note: Dee will edit/correct grammar/spelling when needed.) Thanks for sharing!
Prayer Prompt: Please be praying for American Pastor Andrew Brunson, held in a prison in Turkey. His next hearing is scheduled for July 18. Here is an article with hope from 7/2/18 on his upcoming hearing.
COMING UP: Join us next time for a couple of short stories from David Telbat’s first blogging days, featuring early COIL characters on a mission: “Secure Worship Part I and Part II.” And for our following post, we’ll have “Another Steadfast Book,” a peek into Steadfast Book Five,” due out soon!