by Kathi Macias
God never ceases to amaze me. It’s stunning enough to realize that He uses frail, fallible human beings (like you and me!) to partner with Him in ministry, but even more humbling to discover how great His plans are for the work He calls us to do.
Though I’ve seen this truth played out many times over the forty years I’ve known and walked with the Savior, it came to the forefront again recently about the time my most recent book, Unexpected Christmas Hero, was scheduled to release. This particular book deals with a recently widowed mother and her two small children who end up homeless and are befriended by a disabled, homeless Vietnam vet named Rick. When the cover designer was looking for just the right model to photograph for the cover, he and his wife came across a man named Willard Parker who was very nearly a “spitting image” of the hero in my book. They explained to him what they were doing and what the book was about, and then asked if he would be willing to pose for the cover. Not only did he agree, but he shared with them a story that they then passed on to me.
It seems Mr. Parker really is homeless and that he’s been looking for his family, particularly his now grown daughter, for years. He expressed his hope and prayer (yes, he’s a believer!) that being on the cover of the book might help him in his quest. When the designer passed this information on to me, I immediately mounted an Internet and radio campaign to help Mr. Parker in his efforts.
Now, what are the chances that something like this could happen apart from God’s purpose and direction? I was moved to tears when I learned of Mr. Parker’s situation-and blessed beyond words to think that God would allow me to be part of this search for his family. At this point we haven’t found them, but we’re still looking-and praying and believing. We are also rejoicing at the mercy and faithfulness of God.
Now I must admit that as much as I love what I do, there are times when I wonder at the purpose of it all. Am I really accomplishing anything by writing Christian fiction? Am I just “preaching to the choir,” producing good, clean stories that entertain but, ultimately, do little to change the world?
Been there, done that, haven’t you? We know better, but we all have days like that, at least once in a while. And then something like this happens, and we are reminded of why we do what we do. It’s all about God-His purposes and His glory. But He allows us to partner with Him in it, and that is the greatest blessing of all.
Kathi Macias (www.kathimacias.com; www.boldfiction.com) is an award-winning author of 40 books, including the Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and Carol Award Finalist, Red Ink. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Al, where she is affectionately known as “Easy Writer.”