When life has a beautiful clarity

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. – James 1:5

Do you ever – suddenly and with no apparent explanation – see things more clearly?

This is something that happens quite often in my experience, and it is always a grace and a serendipity:

  • Teaching a class and the right words come at just the right time, so that even the most skeptical listeners understand.
  • The sudden awareness that life is good, that we’re going to be okay, that God is real, and that the world is beautiful, abundant, and affirming.
  • Working at the computer, and just the right paragraph effortlessly lands in my mind, beautifully tying everything together.
  • An impossible, double-breaking putt on the golf course where the line becomes so obvious and the hole appears the size of a basketball hoop.

Then this afternoon, walking Max, I breathed in and the fresh air just lifted me; I looked around and the light filled me with hope; I opened my heart and the neighborhood appeared so peaceful and beautiful; I walked up our street and our home was so inviting; I stepped in and our Christmas tree told just the right story.

Just a moment, or a series of them. Life can be so good – DEREK

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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