A River Bend is patterned after the Gospel of John. Many of the characters are likened to characters in that Gospel. Samara Sychar, for example, is like the Samaritan woman. Josh Crockett has some similarities to Jesus Christ. In chapter four of A River Bend, Josh talks about worship with Samara and in chapter 4 of the Gospel of John, Jesus talks with the Samaritan woman about worship.
My dad asked me once if some of the episodes were episodes in my life. I am not sure which ones he was referring to, but there are episodes which I have experienced. The struggle Josh faces with whether his attraction to Marcy is love or just physical is an experience many of us have had, I’m sure. The being judged by your past is another. Most of the episodes are compilations of real life experiences.
There are more than one underlying theme in A River Bend. But the one that really inspired me to write A River Bend, is actually found in Proverbs 16:9. I first read it in the King James Version, “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” It became clearer as time trudged along, especially after the loss of my first wife, that life can alter ones plans in a moment. That event made me question God’s wisdom in directing the steps because it so drastically changed my life so very differently from my grand plans.I mistakenly interpreted the verse to me God directed the death.
Later, after trial and error, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps”(New International Version). I realized that God had directed my steps to prepare me for the loss.by trusting in Him to direct me through the grieving process. When I doubted His wisdom and tried to find reasons, I was confused and numb and lifeless. When I accepted that even Jesus Christ suffered while on Earth, I finally learned to trust Him to understand and direct my steps to get me through it. Faith in God prepared me better for some other life-altering struggles and loss. Until today, when I understand that “We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it”(The Message) is really what that verse means.
The characters struggle in the novel A River Bend and there are and will be in your life and mine. But instead of blaming God for the bad that happens, turn to God for direction for the steps you need to make to overcome them. Trust his direction, now, to prepare you for the struggles to come.
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I write about what I'm thinking or what I've imagined in an effort to regain that childhood imagination and marry with my many years of real experiences. I'm getting better at it the more I write.I am a published author of two romantic intrigue novels.My books can be found at Amazon.com or if you want a personalized copy, by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.