(Okay, to do this right we have to imagine ourselves sitting in a circle of chairs and sipping on too-strong coffee.)
I am addicted to story–the actual creation of worlds, and characters, and ideas in my mind.
I have three or four good ideas a day. Or at least I think they’re good. Here are three that have been swirling around in my head for the last 24-hours. (There were three others the day before that. And then two days ago . . . well, you get the picture.)
1. A world-renowned faith healer is witnessing lives changed through his touch. One problem this causes is that he is “on-call” 24/7 and the stress is getting to him. One day, as he is again woken in the middle of the night, he throws himself across the bed and cries out, “Oh, Lord, not again . . .” And from that moment his gift is gone. What will he do now that an empire was built around his very public ministry? And what personal tragedy must take place before he embraces the man on whom the mantle has been passed?
2. A single woman is supposedly living out her career dreams, and she is perfectly content with her life until an email from a name she doesn’t recognize pops up in her in-box. It’s a note from a guy who lives in the same apartment building. She never looked twice at him before, until his simple email moves her to tears as he shares about his daily life. Instead of telling him of his mistake, she responds as if the email was meant for her. Soon a “long-distance” romance develops. The only problem is . . . what will happen when he discovers the truth of her deception?
3. A small town girl is cast in the roll of Anne Frank in her community theater. Unknown to her, a Hollywood producer is on vacation, sees her performance, and casts her in a role in his new movie. The movie is a smash hit and the teen is swept into the world of Hollywood chicks and cliques. It’s just like high school back home, except for these star divas have millions to blow and heirs of Greek fortunes asking for dates. Can her simplicity and purity reach them before she’s sucked in to the high stakes of Hollywood–where everyone loves you until you threaten their own fame status?
Yes, all on one day . . . what’s a girl to do?
Fortunately, God was already speaking to my heart about this very thing.
Last night, as I was reading through Fresh Outlook, a new Christian magazine I picked up at Wal-mart. On the last page, there are passages reflecting on God’s name, and this one really spoke to me:
You are Elohim. You are the Creator of heaven and earth, Who was in the beginning. It is you who made me and you have crowned me with glory and honor. You are the God of might and strength.
Taking it one step further, I googled Elohim and found this Scripture:
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Hebrews 11:3 KJV
Through this, God spoke two things to me:
1. God is the Creator. He made me this way for His purpose. And in this small way I can reflect His glory and honor.
2. God used WORDS to frame WORLDS, and in a small way He’s granted me the privilege to do the same. Words swirl in my mind and story worlds are formed–not because of anything I’ve done. Instead, I accept it as a gift.
So, the stories keep coming, and I am humbled. And as I sit before Him, God shows me which to write . . . at what moment. Then, as I follow Him, He also gives me the strength and knowledge to follow. It’s Elohim in me, creating and forming words into worlds in order to touch hearts.
P.S. If you had to choose to read any of those three book ideas, which would you choose?