“It’s what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” Oscar Wilde
Just returning from a prolonged visit to the dentist with a half-numbed face, I picked up a cozy book I had been reading and tucked myself into the corner of our blue tweed sofa. Comfort time and just what the dental assistant had recommended. Actually she had suggested a nap and ibuprofen. I felt woozy but knew a good book could do more for me than an hour’s rest.
Jan Karon’s latest book, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, snuggled onto my lap. I had been reading it between writing assignments and my new found attraction, “Words With Friends.” I knew reading about Father Tim Kavanagh, his wife, Cynthia, and the people and happenings of Mitford would breathe comfort into my weary spirit.
As I turned the pages, I found myself laughing at times, crying at others. Wisdom, such as the above quote from Karon’s book, and nuggets from Father Kavanagh resonated with my spirit. I was transported to the comfort of a small town with its humor and its difficulties. Therein would lie the wisdom of the timid Father who often struggles with his inabilities to solve others’ problems as well as his own. Always seeking the voice of the Lord, and lifting all prayer requests to the One who watches over all with “the prayer that never fails,”–“Your will be done.”
Many have reviewed and written accolades about Karon’s Mitford series books and her unique characters. While I am an avid fan of her Mitford writings, that is not the purpose of this post.
The above Oscar Wilde quote reminded me that I need to be careful with the type of books and reading material that I take in because it does determine how I will act (Click to Tweet) in those impulsive moments. Isn’t it then so important that I spend more time in the Lord’s Word and Bible studies that will fill my soul with the proper reactions? And in my leisure reading, it is just as important to nourish my mind with ideals, values, and wisdom that form my actions. It could be added that what we see in movies and on television programs, likewise influence the inner eye of our souls.
Karon’s incorporation of faith that seeks to please God through Father Tim’s thoughts and actions as well as some of the other characters in her books made this book not only a comfortable choice to counter my day’s ordeal but it was also a choice that fed my spirit.
Interestingly enough, as I wrote this blog post, I hit a key on my iPad keyboard–something I am not used to typing on–that brought up music. Music probably stored on one of my devices. Strains of “El Shaddai” recorded many years ago by Amy Grant, whispered through my story. I paused and praised God for His miraculous and varied ways of revealing His presence (Click to Tweet). Such peace.
May you find yourself basking in His peace this day.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” Matthew 6:22 NIV