God's Roadmap

Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Don't give up because of the worn surfaces of your soul

by Barbara Latta

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them (Psalm 139:16 NKJV).

Electronic books are the latest process for reading.
Electronic books are the latest process for reading. The owner of a device can carry volumes within the weight of a few ounces and access stories with the touch of a finger. 

But nothing replaces the feel of a hard cover or paperback in the hand. I enjoy the texture of the pages as they are turned and the smell of the ink on the paper while a story comes to life.

Books can last for years and be read over and over by different people. As the book is passed down in libraries or borrowed from individuals a little of the reader stays with that book. Names, phone numbers and addresses mingle with the story when the stroke of a pen takes ownership of the prized possession. Sometimes little notes that give a glimpse of the personality of the book’s owner are inscribed inside the publication.

As the parchment ages, the distinctive smell of an old book can’t be erased. The tome has absorbed from those who have held the volume in their hands and maybe some of the dust collected on the top when in a dormant stage has added to the character. Colors can fade and scratches and dings can mar the cover, but those are all things that make each book individual and valuable.

The Pages of Life

Humans are stories on the earth. As we age, our pages crinkle and yellow and sometimes we are in a dormant season of life. But we still have a place and purpose on the shelf. We may have the smell of an old book but only because the years have left some scars and dents.  
Scratches and dings add to a book's character.

As a child of God, our place is in the library of heaven. When we are taken off the shelf of our present existence we will have new leafs and covers and the fragrance of eternity will replace the smell of age.

Don’t despair because of the worn surfaces of your soul. Rather, rejoice because those pages are valuable and tell your story like no one else can.

Join the conversation and share your thoughts about the pages of life.


  1. I love the idea Barbara of comparing our lives to novels (especially since I still prefer physical books over ebooks).

    1. Hi Ami, so do I. I love my Kindle but prefer the print books and knowing someone is reading the book of our life can help us know what to put on our pages! Thanks so much for your comment.