This week I finished reading the most recent in the Thursday Next series of books by Jasper Fforde.  These books involve a complex fantasy where the characters of Bookworld are the written inhabitants of books, who perform for the reader when called upon, but who then have time for cross-genre and intra-literary adventures when not being actively read.  The series is humorous and a delight for people who love literature and popular writing.

Then, as I was walking this morning, I heard a song* on my MP3 player that said…”the blood of the Lamb rewrote who I am…” and it sent my mind on a ride down the Stream of Consciousness, through the Creek of Contemplation, and into the Eddy of Edification.  Here a just of few of my random thoughts:

  • In a real sense, we are characters written by the Great Author of the universe;
  • As such, we fit into His perfect outline;
  • The Author reserves the right to proofread and edit the plot of our lives
  • And even to rewrite us to better serve His purpose;
  • He expects us to be actively involved in our own character development;
  • We all have character flaws, but good subjects will overcome them;
  • As characters, we must interact with each other to make up the Novel of the Ages,
  • And it is a full-length Novel, not a short story;
  • We must be content even to be a minor player in a subplot
  • Because we are not all written to be the Hero (or, Heaven forbid, the villain);
  • There will come a final conflict resolution and God will write the Afterward!

I also pondered to what extent we are created and have our outcomes determined, as opposed to having some personal influence on the direction we take–the old Sovereign Grace versus Free Will argument.  I do not claim to understand how it all fits together, but I thought about a situation that has occurred sometimes when I have when I have written well, and had an epiphany:

On occasion when I have created particularly interesting and realistic characters, those characters may seem to take on lives of their own, and suggest to me how they would present themselves or what they would say and do–all within the context of the outline and plot development I already have in mind.  Author determination and character involvement working together… Predestination and Free Will serving a single purpose?  I think I could wrap my mind around that analogy.

Is that an insight, or am I all wet from my trip down Babbling Brook?  You, dear reader, can be the judge.

*”I Know That I Know” by Joel Lindsey and Wayne Haun, performed by the Mark Trammell Trio on their Always Have a Song CD