One of Margaret's queries leads her on a quest to find a single religion and in doing so, Margaret ends up talking with God on a personal level. She pours out her heart to Him; revealing her troubles and triumphs. She tells God ….. everything.
Wow! It's been forty plus years since I read this captivating narrative. The title alone, still conjures up a lot of memories. Although the book was a work of fiction, I can relate to Margaret's constant conversations with God.
Are you there? Margaret asks, God. That same question has fell from my lips more than once. About fifteen years ago I was not in a good place. My life was going through a major upheave, one that had me begging God to fix and now being the operative word. Waiting was just not going to work for me. But when God didn't do what I hoped He would, I felt my faith teetering. I remember wondering if God was even listening. "Where are you???" I asked, God.
Even so I continued to call out to Him and I implored Him within the pages of my journal. "Make yourself known to me. I need you to help me get through this dark place. It's so dark and lonely. Are you there, God? I feel so lost!" In the midst of my shattered faith I used my writing to stay connected to God.
Years later I am still conversing with God between the pages of a Bible Study Journal: Creative Christian Workbook that I just recently purchased. It's wonderful! The book provides me with a place to stay in harmony with Him. A place to talk to God about …. everything.
Among the pages there's a place for notes, reflections, prayers and praises. And these notes have ignited questions, questions that have prompted open discussions with the people in my life.
And right now I am using this new journal to help me navigate my way through the book, "Goliath Must Fall" by Louie Giglio. He reminds us to keep our eyes on the one and only giant-slayer - - Jesus. We are to fix our eyes on the size of our God, not the size of our giant, something that has been a challenge for me for a long time.
For me, faith and writing are conjoined, maybe not in the form of a published book but they certainly do co-exist.
Writers have a way of leaving a lasting impression on me.
Judy Blume used a fictional character named, Margaret to search for God. God used, David to take down a Giant named, Goliath. And I know that God has a plan for this unknown-author as well.