As I picked blackberries in my backyard, a simple prayer sprang into my five-year-old heart.
“God, if you are real, show me.” Suddenly I felt snuggled in my soul.
In time I joined the Church and made a commitment to share God/Jesus with others because I felt his love and believed His core message: those who believe in God’s son, Jesus, receive abundant and eternal life.
When I taught school, however, I felt distressed because state-run schools silenced my faith. So many American children came to my class illiterate in basic Judaic-Christian stories.
Every year I justified showing Pharaoh, Prince of Egypt, the story of Moses, because it depicted an important fifth grade standard, slavery. But many children were hearing the Bible story for the first time.
Daily I prayed to live out my faith at school, but felt like such a failure. Then one day a tiny third-grader reassured me with her words.
“Mrs. Godfrey,” she said, “you are like God to me.” And in my heart I felt snuggled, because God was there, shining his light.
At retirement, I joined the Christian author’s guild, impressed by their insignia, “Sending out a Christian Message on a Secular Sea.”
Soon thereafter a magnificent, blue dasher dragonfly started hanging out on the antenna of my son’s navy Camaro. The dragonfly became the inspiration for my writing, and after a year of researching dragonflies, I gave birth to my first novel–Flynn and the Dragonfly.
The book shows Flynn, a fifth grader, struggling to belong at school and at home. When Flynn needs a science project, he befriends Dash, a struggling dragonfly, who hangs out on the antenna of Dad’s car.
But most importantly, the story features God as Father Time who saves the two from self-destructive disaster.
Fiction stories, have their place firmly established in history. C.S. Lewis gave us Aslan, the talking lion. Through him we perceive the message of Christ’s resurrection.
Likewise, I pray the core message of my stories will splash like a tsunami on the vast secular sea.
May those who read taste and see that God is good. May they sense God’s love and see how he saves us from self-destruction for abundant and eternal life.
Please join me in praying for writers, teachers and others who struggle to get the message of Christ across in a secular world.
Coming this fall–Flynn and the Dragonfly