Seeking 1 out of 99 readers

God plays an active and unapologetic role in my book.  He appears as ‘The King’ in various roles.  Sometimes he refers to Himself as the Shepherd.  Why?  Well, we are all like sheep who have gone astray. 

Sheep can get into a lot of trouble.  Growing up on a New Zealand sheep farm I’ve rescued them from creeks, mud, and barbed wire.

I loved finding the lost lambs, and so does Jesus.  Here’s me back from the lambing beat, with a lamb in my arms, about a hundred years ago …

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Ever heard the parable of the lost sheep?

Jesus told the Pharisees and teachers of the law this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:3-7

My book will appeal to those who understand the wilderness.  The reader I am looking for may not know the Bible, or God – but will love redemptive romance and a great good versus evil story.  I’m not writing for 99 people – I’m writing for one.  Come into the pages of my book.  The path will begin in a field.  Follow the butterfly.

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The Butterfly Effect

The Lord I follow wants us to die to self, while the world wants us to live for self.  Why is that?  I believe its because we are created for a reason, to be saved and then transformed into the son or daughter of God. 

But our fallen, natural self wants to be the one in charge and will fight His will.  Why should we allow ourselves to be saved and transformed?

Does the Lord have a story to tell us about this?  His word states that “through Him all things were created”, so it would be entirely possible for Him to leave some parables in nature for us to find.

His word calls it ‘being understood through what has been made’ (For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made … Romans 1:20).

Learn the lesson of the caterpillar.

What the caterpillar calls end of world, the master calls a butterfly

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17

If you can think of some other parables from nature I’d like to hear them.

Butterflies are free to fly

Butterflies-are-FreeThe Lord taught me how to look for Him and see signs.  At the start of my journey He told me to “setup signs and mark the road“.  As a story teller I weave them into my story called “The Kingdom”.  Some signs are easier to see than others.  This sign was a butterfly.

The butterfly appeared before I found the Kingdom, when “Silver-tongue”, the narcissist, told me “You are like a butterfly in a jar.”  I thought he was talking about freedom.  No, he wanted to put me in his jar.

I saw a butterfly on the Solitary Path, and my friend White Flower (who did not know that story) dreamed of me and saw it too (Chapter 25 “The Solitary Path“).  It was flying free and alone.

In this chapter, “Chapter 29 The Butterfly”, I was with Liang and his friends, discussing transitional relationships, when the butterfly again fluttered its way into my peripheral vision.  The butterfly was being held and needed to be let go.

“Other relationships can help to rebuild, but a pitfall is investing too much emotional time and energy into the new relationship. Learn all you can, heal all you can, and stop holding the precious butterfly in your hands so tightly that it can’t fly and be free. The energy you spend holding on tightly to the other person and relationship keeps you from climbing your own mountain and completing your own healing”.

I was trying to use a relationship to heal from an earlier relationship with a narcissist.  Its not wise to do that, and it is not the way of the Kingdom.

How poor are they that have not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
Shakespeare, Othello, Act 2 Scene 3

From experience, the best way of healing is just to be patient with yourself and allow time, and God’s love to get you through.  If you don’t know the Lord, call on his name, for He is near to the broken hearted.

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.”  Psalm 34:18

He is a healer.

He heals the broken-hearted, and binds up their wounds.  Psalm 147:3  That’s a promise.

You may want revenge after being used.   I know I did.  You will be likely to be so hurt you’ll only make things worse for yourself.  Let the Lord handle it.  He will mete out justice in the end.  Remember, time wounds all heels.