Friday, December 6, 2019

More than Dust in the Wind by Melinda V. Inman

Meme with photo of typewriter and the Bible verse from Ecclesiastes 3:12

More than Dust in the Wind

Change is in the wind. Everywhere around us, my husband and I are experiencing drastic shifts in our lives. I’m sure many of you can relate, no matter what stage of life you’re in.

Two years ago, we uprooted from our home of almost twenty years and relocated across the country. Our new city is peopled by many millions. Before this, we mostly resided in small towns or cities of less than 250,000. This realigned our large family, turning every holiday upside down. There went our family traditions, thus provoking an identity crisis.

At Thanksgiving, my husband retired after being with the same employer for over forty years. This caused all sorts of upheaval, as it’s a major adjustment for him and thus, for me.

During all of this, I finished and then launched my fifth novel, based on my great-grandparents’ early lives during WW1. With the book’s completion, that depressing farewell to their world is now part of the emotional mix.

I’ve been feeling the angst of the 1970s song, “Dust in the Wind,” by Kerry Livgren of “Kansas.”


Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away
And all your money won’t another minute buy
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
Dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind

[Dust in the Wind lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC]


If that sounds like something from Ecclesiastes, it’s because the song lyrics reflect what Solomon also experienced. Though he had everything, he realized that no matter what, he would still die, and all his work would amount to dust.

Cheerful, right? All of this has weaseled down into my heart.

As writers, our emotions and the spiritual place from which we process our work, our family, and our circumstances impact what we write and how we write it. I’m glad all this dust is settling during the holiday season, when all eyes are on Jesus.

No matter who we are, each year we discover that these holidays are different than the last. We march through life, and things change. Rather than despair as we reflect on what is altered, how much better to focus on the One who orders all our days. The holidays circle around him.

These changes, this upheaval, these relocations, this volatile publishing industry, these constant marketing challenges, these changes in tradition, our days winding down—all are gifts from God, even if we don’t understand why or how.


I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 3:10-13 NIV)


Though our bodies will one day be dust in the wind, our souls are eternal, and our life experiences are shaped by God specifically to draw us toward him, to mold us into the image of his Son, and to accomplish his purposes. This is all far more than dust in the wind, for we are blessed by this reality:


“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27 NIV)


With this awaiting us, we need not lament the loss of what once was. But rather, we can attach ever more securely to the One who inspires everything we do.

Fix your eyes on Jesus this holiday season, especially if life has been all sorts of messy. As always, he’s the reason we live and the reason we write. God bless you in your journey, dear writer!


Though our bodies will one day be dust in the wind, our souls are eternal, and our life experiences are shaped by God specifically to draw us toward him. #WritingLife #WriterEncouragement #seriouslywrite #encouragementforwriters via @MelindaVInman



The Shadows Come
The Shadows Come


Sequel to No Longer Alone

Germany threatens all of Europe. Millions have died. President Woodrow Wilson makes the declaration that the United States must enter the Great War to rescue our allies. Congress approves. Our story begins.

In America’s heartland, everyone hunkers down to provide food for the world and resources for the war effort. A draft is necessary, and all young men must register. One by one, these are called to war. With this threat looming, Prentis and Avery raise the necessary horsepower, cultivate the needed crops, and contribute their labors to the Red Cross. But crises at home, an insidious busybody, and one after another called up to fight in Europe bring the greatest dangers they’ve ever faced together. Then there’s the influenza pandemic. Will they survive the war abroad and the war being waged at home, threatening their love and their lives? Will their loved ones make it home alive?

Set in 1917-1919, The Shadows Come is based on a true story.

Available in paperback and e-book on Melinda’s Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Melinda-Viergever-Inman/e/B00GFYI0RU/ref


Melinda V. Inman
Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer’s cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives.


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10 comments:

  1. He truly is the reason for the Season, great message Sister, God Bless You and Yours!

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    1. Eyes on Jesus all the time, in every season! No matter where we are and what we're going through, he's the answer! Thanks for commenting, brother!

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  2. Melinda, I remember that song by Kansas, Dust in the Wind. I'm hearing the melody and singing it in my mind now. May not be able to un-think about it until I hear another song. :-) This is a powerful post. None of us like the kind of change that you have described, what you and your husband have gone through. And yet, I like how Solomon said that God has set eternity in our hearts. When we remember that...to be heavenly minded and eternally focused, it helps when things change. Love these thoughts and words from you: "We march through life, and things change. Rather than despair as we reflect on what is altered, how much better to focus on the One who orders all our days. The holidays circle around him."

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  3. Thank you for this wise and thoughtful comment, Karen! The lessons of these later years have been surprising. At one point in my youth, I remember believing that we all surely would have "arrived" by the time we reached our sixties. Laughable, right? The older we get, the closer we grow to the Lord, the more we realize that we have much to learn. Constantly accepting and adapting to change, change, constant change is a stretching process. Isn't it wonderful to know that he orders all our days!

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  4. My changes are not as big but the reality that things are not in my control is definitely right in my face! I loved these words: "Rather than despair as we reflect on what is altered, how much better to focus on the One who orders all our days. The holidays circle around him."
    Timely for me, thanks!

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    1. Whenever the Lord leads me to write about something, it's always what I need to work through, too. I also know it's because other writers need this exact truth right now as well. Thanks for letting me know!

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  5. Each moment of change is an opportunity to rest in His presence. :-)

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    1. That's a beautiful way to put it, Melissa - rest in his presence! Amen to that!

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  6. I love what Melissa Henderson said above. We do get such an opportunity to bask in the Lord, to "be still and know," amid the chaos of change.

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  7. Amen, Melinda. I appreciate that no matter the currents we navigate, our relationship with God can be constant. Bible reading, prayer, worship in the heart, the Holy Spirit with us... Our Redeemer lives!

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