Recently I was doing some research for a new book and came across an article that made me flinch when I read it. I was actually researching law enforcement and terror threats. What I found was that some extremists are actually considering surgically implanting bombs in their stomach cavities and then detonating them when they are inside the building or near their target. Yes, it’s depraved, yes, it goes to show you how demented some people are. And how committed to a cause—a lie—some people can be. And how deceived these poor souls are. It breaks my heart.
And yet, I couldn’t help wondering, could I create a story around that? Of course I could.
Could I use that to somehow insert a theme of forgiveness so that characters and readers could see God at work? Of course.
So I started to think. (I know, scary, right?)
But I started to realize that good CAN come from bad. God shows us that over and over. With Joseph’s kidnapping to Jonah’s disobedience. Good came from those things. God was able to use jealousy and disobedience to bring about his sovereign plan.
Do you have a circumstance where all looked lost, yet you saw God working in the end?
If you write, how do you get your ideas for your stories?
If you’re reader, what are some things i.e. topics, themes, etc, that you like to read about?