Recently someone asked me about one of my books where I had one of the characters pray. The question they brought up was, “Does this have to do with the story?”
For some reason this really bothered me. I thought about it and I finally realized why it bothered me so much. It’s because the real question being asked is, “Is God relevant to life?” And to that I can only give a resounding “Yes!”
We live in a culture where God is talked about, but seldom worshiped. At most he is paid lip service, but when it comes to actually bringing Jesus into the every day of life, most of us don’t. In fact, that is one of the reasons why I have kept writing these books, because I am tired of reading stories where God has been surgically removed from everyday living. That is not the way I live, and it is not the way God wants us to live.
Let me ask this question: When you are taking the last few breaths of life, how relevant will Jesus be to you then? How about when a tragedy strikes, how much do you actually cry to the God you usually ignore. Even believers often ignore God when it comes to work, or family, or politics.
I don’t want to live that way, because I don’t believe God is irrelevant. When I am happy, I praise him. When I am crushed, I cry out to him. He is my savior, but also my Lord.
If you did not know this, in my books, all of my books, there is some theme about God and he is anything but irrelevant. My middle grade books right now have characters who wrestle in one way or another with their faith, or lack of faith, in God. They sometimes pray and remember scriptures that they have heard and that give them encouragement or wisdom.
In my adult science fiction series I have an old man who quotes scripture, but doesn’t reveal where he got it. He just says, “The teacher says…” These are people who start out not knowing God, but in the process of seeking, will find him as the series continues.
With every story of a life, there is a parallel story of God reaching out to us. We can ignore it, but it is completely real. Jesus said, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20 NIV). We can close our ears to the sound, but he is still knocking.
The point is that the largest part of the answer to our lives is a relationship with the one who created us. It tells us where we came from, where we are going, and how best to navigate life in the meantime. So if you read a fast-paced science fiction thriller by me some day and notice that one of my characters brings God into the adventure, it’s because God is with us wherever we go, whether in our home or in space! God is relevant.