Dear friends, with Dawn of Affliction, Book One of Last Dawn Trilogy, now on the shelves of retailers, I am reflecting a lot on what you may be picking up from the story of Levi Caspertein. Perhaps, like in our own lives, we have urged Levi to drop everything and run to the goal he first started towards. We’re impatient and barely tolerant as Levi seems to forget about the blind woman in need far away—because he keeps stopping to help everyone else along the way.
A Journey with Many Purposes
To a great degree, a good book includes a fair amount of suspense within its pages, but I also wanted to show something about our own lives in Levi’s long journey across the country. Too often, we want to snap our fingers and receive something instantly, or arrive immediately. But life isn’t that way. Not any more than if Levi can expect to reach his destination as a man ready to deal with insurmountable odds by passing up experiences along his journey. It is the experiences along the journey that trains us!
The Christian Life is a Journey of Change
It began with us believing in Jesus Christ’s exchanged life for our own, and then submitting to His new life to change us. There’s only one way we can change and our inner person can be molded. That is by experiencing the events along the journey, practicing the very Truth we claim we believe in. We need the journey and we need the experiences to exercise the truth, so we can clearly see God’s design.
If Levi Caspertein despised the journey and ignored the needs of others along the way, would he arrive at his destination a changed, developed man? I think we all know that the purest growth comes through hardship, or discomfort.
Let us not despise the journey, or ignore the needs of others along the way. It is those very events that will perfect through us the truth of Christ. After all, God’s love is not perfected in us until we learn to obediently reflect it in ourselves (I John 2:5-6).
See you on the next page!
COMING UP: Join us next time for another research post, “Research for Two Arizona Towns in Dawn of Affliction.” And for the following post, we’ll have a Novel Update with David’s book publishing plans!