Dear Reading Friends, this is David Telbat. What if the world as we know it were all stripped away? What would our lives consist of if we didn’t have our smartphones and beauty products? Would we still be smart and beautiful? What if we didn’t have electric heat or push-button air conditioning? Would we ever find peace or contentment in a world with the so-called comforts suddenly missing?
It ain’t easy. . .
The catch phrase of Titus and Levi Caspertein in many of the COIL and Last Dawn books start with the words, “It ain’t easy . . .” A few years back, this was an idiom that a Christian brother of mine, Scott, kept using. It struck me as a phrase that showed both simplicity and realism, mixed with a little comic relief. I realized Scott said this expression under strenuous situations, meaning to highlight our impatience, intolerance, and sometimes our spoiled pampering.
It’s not that serious . . .
We need to face life a little more lightly, I think, and that may require a more of an “it ain’t easy” mentality. It’s okay to admit that things may be difficult, but to experience panic because the electricity fails or cell coverage is spotty—most times is just not worth it. Man has existed for several thousand years without smartphones and instant food. A reliance on God, no matter the circumstance, has proven the best source of peace for anyone who chooses to look beyond the things of this world.
Stripped away . . .
The last few books I’ve written have meant to bring our materialistic attitudes to light, because I believe in the near future, America may face some very abrupt realizations. Food may become scarce, and electricity might be spotty, if it’s available at all. No, I’m not talking about the distraction of global warming theories; I’m talking about the reality of God’s prophetic hand across a sinful, proud land. A self-centered people may be easier to reach if all obsessions and comforts were stripped away. God knows that . . . but do we?
Will we be ready?
Today, we need to set our minds on the sufficiency of Christ and our need for Him alone. Our emotional, mental, and spiritual resolve must be based upon the truth that God Almighty provides. And although we may use and appreciate the gizmos and conveniences of the modern world, our Christian character is not “according to” this world’s fickle cycles. Our home is in heaven, our hope is in Christ, and our Savior really is coming again! Will we be ready, or will we be trying to find a Wi-Fi hotspot to download the next movie?
What a Friend we have!
It ain’t easy trying to reach a friend who can’t receive our texts. It ain’t easy trying to get road assistance when our smart cars won’t start. It ain’t easy finding patience while stuck in a traffic jam. But if all that stuff were stripped away? We still have a Friend who responds every time, who offers assistance for the journey, and who will accompany us in life’s “stuck” moments. God is bigger than the unreliable comforts of today. Let’s remember to rely on Him more. It ain’t easy, I know. But He’s worth it!
See you on the next page!
WRITING UPDATE: We pray you’ve been enjoying the new novellas, The Resolution Series, NOW OUT! Dee has been busy with new research for David, and he’s been busy working on Dawn of Oppression, Book Two of the Last Dawn Trilogy, due out in a few months! Stay tuned to our posts for more info in the months ahead.
COMING UP: Join us next time for David’s “New Resolution Series—Thanks for Your Thoughts!” And for the following post, we’ll have another D.I. Telbat Short Story for you, “A Purpose in Everything.”