I just finished a wonderful book. I’m so glad I did, or what would I have to post about? The “being thankful” thing has already been done ad naseum this month. 😉
After my last post on prophets and fiction, I started Prophet by RJ Larson. It’s been sitting patiently in my Kindle since…August 2012 (I just looked it up) along with a lot of other great books that I have yet to read. I’ve committed to not purchasing any more books (or trying really hard not to) until I’ve read the ones I already have. It’s like an early New Year’s resolution, or really really late one. But on to the story…
Ela is asked by the Infinite (love, love, love this name for God) to be His Prophet. She accepts, even though it means leaving home and placing herself in danger. “A greyed haired prophet is a failure,” according to the people of Parne, Ela’s country. Ela goes through a series of assignments as she seeks to convey the Infinite’s words to the countries around her.
I loved this book. I would already be reading the sequel if I was allowing myself to buy books.
The thought that came to me while reading Prophet was if I could be a prophet, if God would speak to me directly, would I want to do it?
I have to tell you, the idea of hearing directly and clearly from God is very appealing. It would be so much easier to follow Him if I knew for sure what I was supposed to do. Being close to Him, being able to ask Him questions, being used directly by Him, being someone like Ela…it all seems so appealing.
Prophet by RJ Larson, does a great job of imagining what it might have been like to be God’s prophet. Being asked to do things that others think are crazy. Having everyone disbelieve you. Having people hate you and try to kill you. Having people mock you. Have people finally believe you, but too late. Knowing what’s going to happen and being powerless to prevent it.
And then I think, if I listened closer (by reading my Bible, meditation on the word, spending more time in prayer), wouldn’t I have the relationship with God that I desire? Hearing from Him clearly, being close to Him, asking Him questions, being used by Him. If I paid more attention to the Holy Spirit’s leading, if I focused on Christ, wouldn’t I have all those things and more?
Because really, I image being a prophet is an uncomfortable profession. The bearer of bad news. The only one to know the future before it happens. Instead, I think I will be grateful for what I have today. Friends, family, faith, time to read, time to write. It is, after all, a time for thanksgiving. 😉
So, what about you? Would you be a prophet if you could?