I didn’t enjoy the library so much in my college days, because being there meant I had a big paper or project deadline looming. Then I grew up, had children and became a home-school mom. For years now we have frequented the library for everything from school research to art projects to pleasure reading.
Several years ago I became distressed about some of the books I was seeing on the displays, especially in the children and youth sections. So much darkness – my initial reaction was gut wrenching sorrow. I left that day wondering how I would ever go back in there. The books I had seen made the library suddenly feel scary instead of inviting and friendly.
The reality is that many of the books in the libraries today are filled with evil; the kind God’s Word tells us to flee from, but guess what – it’s not just in the libraries. Evil is everywhere but so is God! And yes, He is bigger and bolder.
I got over my initial shock and after a short sabbatical we did go back to the library. We still go a few times each month. Today we stopped in because my daughter had reserved books for her British Literature course. I didn’t need anything – I already had a stack of books at home – but I decided to browse while she picked up her books.
As I walked into an aisle this little book was in the front of a row and was kind of hanging off the shelf – Sit, Walk, Stand; the typography and graphics caught my eye so I pulled it the rest of the way off the shelf and saw the author’s name, Watchman Nee. I recognized it immediately because I’d read The Normal Christian Life last year. I opened it up to the introduction:
“We shall take as a background to our thoughts the epistle of Paul to the Ephesians.”
Wow…I recently finished a slow, intentional read of the book of Ephesians – how uncanny.
I perused the shelves some more. A teal blue spine caught my eye, Everything, love that title – Yes, He is – I thought to myself as I pulled it from the shelf. What a surprise to see Mary DeMuth’s name on the cover. I just love Mary. She has been a great inspiration to me in my writing and in my faith as well. Now this was just getting silly.
I pulled another from the shelf and began to read the back cover. It was written by a young lady who got her journalism degree from Hillsdale College. My daughter – the one who landed us in the library at that moment is applying to colleges for a journalism degree. She has applied to Hillsdale!
God, are You right here? In the library?
I didn’t need to hear Him answer. It was a ridiculous question. Of course – it was a resounding Yes! I didn’t even need to ask, but it was a really cool moment. God is in the library.