A good author will make his characters three dimensional, thoughtful, emotional and active. She or he will give them virtues, vices and mannerisms. The author will give them predictable patterns and yet not paint the character so completely that there is no room for surprises. The character may act, “out of character.” Characters interest us in their predictable patterns but hook us when they act, “uncharacteristically. “
The author may present an unlikely hero. The shy, bumbler saves the day almost by accident! The hardened criminal is softened by the plight of an innocent child, and somehow both the criminal and child are rescued! The timid, wallflower gets her moxie when she’s had enough of the villain. Flattened bad guy!
God writes stories with unlikely champions. Gideon cowering in the winepress is galvanized to lead his clans against the teaming minions! Jael, your everyday Bedouin wife, drives a tent steak through the scoundrel’s sleeping head. I can picture the boys coming home and saying, “Wow, Mom! You are amazing!”
The Great Author had the role for the Lead written before the foundations of the earth. Jesus rides the white horse at the head of the army! But following Him are many supporting actors. By His amazing grace we are among them! Pretty amazing to think that God had a script in mind for each of us!
In every story the character at the end is not the same person we met at the beginning. When God’s grand magnum opus is completed I wonder what you and I will look like!
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” (1 John 3:2-3)
Steven C Johnson
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