Nothing Is Stable

There is nothing stable under heaven — James Baldwin.

This last year is an example of Baldwin’s words. The only thing that was certain was uncertainty. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, it did, and when we thought there was a light of day on the horizon, a new darkness appeared. It was a year of the famous song lyric, “If it weren’t for bad luck I wouldn’t have any at all.”

And yet, it wasn’t as bad as all that, and many of us survived and feel that things are about to get much better. So is Baldwin correct?

Stability constitutes a feeling of being grounded, centered, and on firm footing. The winds of uncertainty may blow, but cannot knock you over. Baldwin says there is nothing stable under heaven so perhaps the corollary is true. Stability lies with God in heaven. God’s love is life’s one certainty, and once you are centered on God you’ve reached stability.

Lent is the time where we focus our attention on God and his plan for us. Over forty days we reconnect and gain stability.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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