A Fine Book

by Becky Hitchcock

I meet once a month with a dear and trusted friend. Her name is Caroline. We share in confidence the things which tug at our hearts. We laugh, too. We talk about the beach and pedicures. Good food, favorite authors, pastors, and Bible studies are also in the mix. She loans me fine books from her library and we pray together.

Once, when an evening reached well spent before we had actually begun to pray, Caroline said we needn’t be dismayed. She directed me to Malachi 3:16 (KJV):

Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another:
And the Lord hearkened, and heard it;
And a book of remembrance was written before him
For them that feared the Lord
And that thought upon his name.

Another friend comes to mind. She is much younger than me and Caroline, but nonetheless dear and trusted. She works with her family in publishing. They teach and author Bible studies, books, blogs, and digital magazines. Their devotion to detail in sharing the Gospel is remarkable. Her mother recently finished another book. It’s due out shortly.

“I can’t wait to hold it,” my young friend says.

Indeed, a fine book is grand to hold.

This takes me again to the Old Testament book of Malachi where God’s people are found in a sad state of affairs. The prophet warned against the corrupt priests. Their willful infidelity, ignorance, and lack of godliness in general led them into blatant disrespect for God. They trusted in their privilege and wealth rather than God. They oppressed the people who labored for them. They even robbed God and spoke harsh words against Him.     

However, not all of the people were in this sad, sinful state. Some still feared the Lord and spoke often to one another about Him. Some still meditated on the greatness of His name. Many still trusted Him with the things that tugged at their hearts.

As God’s people, we are the same no matter where we are written on the pages of history. So is God.

Malachi 3:6 declares the Lord does not change. We are reminded in Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV) that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” So we have it on good authority that God is still listening even before we bow our heads. We believe He is pleased when we speak kindly about Him; especially when, at every turn, we find blatant disrespect for Him.

And so, with a sweet peace hovering over us, Caroline and I now read Malachi 3:16 every time we meet. We imagine God looking down with His hand cupped behind His ear. We believe, He is still hearkening. Still hearing. Still having His book written before Him.

With the most remarkable devotion to detail, it will be a fine book. The finest. When I get to heaven, I’m going to the library. I must see that book. I can’t wait to hold it.

© Copyright 2018 by Becky Hitchcock


Becky Hitchcock lives and writes in Old Clyattville, a farming community outside Valdosta, Georgia. She is a long time judicial secretary and is married to Keith, her high school sweetheart. They have two daughters.

Whether penning articles and prayers, or piddling with a work of fiction, Becky feels God smiling when she writes. When not writing, she reads about writing and other writers. She is a self-professed tech-a-phobic, but can be found at sensitiveonpurpose.blogspot.com and would be pleased to hear from you.


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Comments (2)

  • anon

    Your post made me feel like I was right there with you delighting in God. Thank you for highlighting His delight in us! 

    Feb 15, 2018
  • anon

    Thank you for reading, Jeannie!  

    Feb 15, 2018

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