Welcome to the Wild in the Hollow book club! Today we are going to cover chapters 10-12.
Chapter 10: Sustain
More and more, younger ones joined us to sing and know the joy of Christian community. Even some who didn’t believe, or didn’t want to be associated with Christians, came to be a part of it.”
In chapter 10 we read about the homemade community Amber and Seth unintentionally created. She shares of the beautiful gift of serving and being served and how it all happened organically. Nothing rigged, no barriers allowed. One minute they could be celebrating a birthday and the next a baptism. What a beautiful picture of family, of kingdom come.
After moving from the apartment building and back into the Rock House, we soon get to meet baby Titus. The fourth boy of the Haines’ family.
Titus gets sick and then sicker and there is no medical reason why. And we get to see community once again in all it’s glory as it rallies around Amber and Seth, sustaining them in their time of need.
Chapter 11: Muscle Memory
When a loved one is sick we give them our all. But soon though, we have to take time for ourselves. In those moments we steal away it’s good to be vulnerable and admit how hard life has been. Let the tears flow. Rest in the peace of God.
The words on page 122 really got me: “I don’t want to break. I don’t want to break. After telling a friend about my weariness, she said, “Maybe that’s exactly what you’re supposed to do-let yourself break.”
How often have I gone through a trial and had to tell myself, be strong, be strong!
We don’t want to break, we don’t want the “what-if’s” of life to be a reality. Can we handle them? Can we still hold onto faith if the thing we dread the most happens? Will we still believe God is good?
These are all real questions that at some point in our lives we will come face to face with. We can move away from God and shake our fists at Him or lean into Him and trust.
Our trials will refine us. We will be able to look back on them and say because my “what-if” happened I trust God more than ever!
Once you’ve walked through the fire with God you will never be the same. (<====Click to Tweet)
Chapter 12: Seed of Desire
This is what I know of desire. Desire affects the whole person, mind, body, and soul. Desire is a drive. It is a hunger that opens its mouth. It is dissatisfaction, a longing, a wintered beast of prey. It is the hand of Potiphar’s wife for Joseph’s coat. It is the madness for the harp of David.”
When we lose hope we lose our way. This is what Amber discovers after months and months of Titus being sick. They had to back out of community because their souls were tired and in despair. They didn’t know how to do anything else but put one foot in front of the other.
This season they were in was draining.
We all have these season where it seems as if life just throws one thing after another at us. And we slip into survival mode without even realizing it.
We cut ourselves off from God, the church, even community because we are trying to get through the day not needing anyone, and yet not realizing how broken we have become.
As we see from Amber and Seth, they were broken and walking around in pieces of themselves. Instead of trusting in their community and God they sought refuge in alcohol, shopping, a new home.
Any time we seek refuge in anything other than God the fruits of our lives will tell on us.
Amber had her embers reignited by someone reminding her who lives in her…the Holy Spirit. This was her wake up call.
She realized she had gifts given to her! She believed it for others but never once for herself. It’s almost as if we, the readers, can see the stars align in her life. All the mistakes, the doubts, the fears, they were because Amber never believed God had good plans for her and desired her!
How our lives are changed when we believe God loves us, accepts us, and wants good things for our lives!
We all long for community. Has community come easy to you?
What are some ways you build community?
How have trials made you into the person you are today? Would you say your faith is stronger or weaker?
Have you ever found yourself in survival mode? How did you break free from it?
Do you believe God has good plans for your life?
Shared by: Alecia Simersky