I enjoy autumn. I’ve decided that I enjoy it as much as I do spring. I think it is how they enter the year. Spring melts into summer, much like fall glides into winter. With spring and fall though, there’s that snap, that noticeable change. That moment when you walk outside and say, “It’s spring!” or, “It’s fall.” They’re accompanied by their own aromas. If spring smells like grass, fall smells like leaves. One is fresh and alive, a promise of a rising of temperatures, the other is crisp and earthy, warning of cooler days to come. Spring is life; autumn is death. The autumnal equinox is just 19 days away and I’m sitting outside while typing on my computer as the wind blows through the covered patio. I can’t help but pause to breathe in that breeze.
I’m writing a story, my usual pastime, and I began pondering why my stories seem emotionally based. I like to think I make decisions rationally and not by how I’m feeling at the moment. Writing stories with a heavy emphasis on emotions makes me pause. I know emotions and feelings are not evil. They are God-given so that we can relate to Him and to our fellow human beings. Therefore, I’m not wrong to bring forth emotions in characters throughout my stories.
The real purpose for my stories, I’ve always said, is to weave my beliefs about Biblical or current issues into a coherent and easily explainable package. What do I think about Christian education — that’s a story. How about forgiveness — another story. Here’s one, the roles of husband’s and wives in a marriage — yes, it’s in a story. Not all stories focus on one issue, sometimes several ideas are peppered throughout one novel.
My first published work, New Creation, combines both emotion and thought. How can it not? It is a gospel story using Creation and Genesis as a backdrop. Those two Biblical doctrines are permanently linked. Ponder creation and Genesis. In this book we are introduced to God, Satan, humans, sin, and spiritual death. There was a crime against God; crime needs punished; God the judge is the one with authority to decide the punishment. Our rationality grasps that. Now think of the gospel. Christ died for our sins and took the punishment, was buried in a dark tomb for three days and rose again to new life. The emotions conjured up by thoughts of His bleeding, unrecognizable body being nailed to a rough cross to die in agony powerfully affect a person’s feelings.
If the Cross is the emotional appeal of the Gospel, Creation is the rational reason for it.
God does not shortchange either our emotions or our rationality. He simply asks us to make the decision to accept His Son’s death as the punishment for our sin. That is a matter of life or death. Eternal life or death.
It’s becoming autumn as I said at the beginning of the post. Fall brings with it a blaze of colors as the leaves decay and die. But I know spring will inevitably return. I just have to wait through the winter for that day when I’ll walk outside to the newness of life and think, “Spring has come!” What a happy feeling that will be.