For a little while now I’ve had it on my calendar to share the cover art for my book with you this week. But as the days have passed and the flood waters have gone up here in Texas and more and more people are without their homes in Houston and the surrounding cities, I feel less and less like celebrating.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you….
These words echo in my mind as I scroll through my Facebook feed, I have about 5 or 6 people who are regularly updating their status in the floods and I’m obsessed with making sure they are OK. Three of them had to leave their homes behind. That verse in Isaiah that I quoted above seems harder to grasp when people are losing everything….
And then I realize that it is actually the perfect day to reveal my book’s cover. The very essence of the title The Day Between comes from that great mystery of Jesus’ death on the cross. That He chose to die on a Friday and come back to life on a Sunday: A whole day between. And not just any day. It was a Sabbath day, and his followers were essentially forced into sitting and waiting, unable to do anything to distract them from the loss of their Lord. It also meant that when they woke up on Saturday morning things were still bad. In fact, when Jesus’ disciples woke up on Saturday morning it looked like Darkness had still won. So what happens in that day between? Where do we get our hope?
For me and the story in my book, the parallel was even deep in that I also was unable to do anything (other than worry!) during my day between- But thankfully now that the storm has hopefully ended for Texas, they can get out and begin work to restore that which was lost. But oh what a task!!! My heart breaks when I see the devastation that has hit the people here in Texas, and it may feel like an insurmountable task. In fact, it may be a while before they can see the day that is coming, as they plod along in that day between. As I pray for the people of Houston and the surrounding area, I pray the Lord speaks His sweet words of hope and life. Words that He was so faithful to give me in my own dark season… And if you haven’t already found a way to help: I’m also going to link to a good reference for those wanting to partner in the efforts to rebuild. If there is anything I have learned, it does a heart good to know there are those standing with you when times are at there hardest! Check out this blog post for some good ideas.
And so with a little bit of a sober heart, I give you the cover of my book- so beautifully designed by Mulberry Moment
This cover depicts so beautifully that place where we’ve been through the darkness but hope for the sun to rise again…