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The Story that Comes Alive

by Joanna Pierce on April 05, 2017

My heart fluttered in my chest as my feet pounded on the hard pavement. The sound of the impact of my feet slapping the ground ricocheted back into my ears. Beads of sweat poured down my face, my clothes gripped my perspiring skin, and my lungs screamed for air with every stride.

My body wanted to stop, but my mind pushed me farther. I had to catch the man with my cadenza. My heart, my soul, my essence—all had been poured into the pages of that manuscript—and he had it. As the distance grew between me and the thief, I felt like my life was slipping away…

I plundered ahead, and soon, the man was an arm’s length in front of me. As I reached toward him, fingertips brushing the folds of his browned leather jacket, he turned with an ugly snarl and said, “Joanna, go to bed!”

Okay…so I wasn’t engaged in a foot chase, hadn’t written a cadenza, and wasn’t anywhere near a scary-looking thief. But, it was the middle of the night, and I was under the covers of my bed, flashlight in hand, ears pounding, heart fluttering, gasping because of the lack of fresh air, and the only scary person in the room was my mother.

I was one of those nerds who stayed up until all hours of the night (and morning) reading when I was younger. Parents, before your children become a “wild child” like me, you might want to sit them down and explain to them the dangers of reading through all hours of the night…

But, in truthfulness, I read because I loved how an author could write a story in such vivid detail—how the words leapt right off the page, became my reality, and transformed my life. The character’s experiences, trials, joys, and excitements were also mine. It was as if I was living in the pages of whatever story I read. The story became real, so tangible, so alive.

For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12, AMP, emphasis added).

As I grew older, I had to leave off my all-night reading binges, and focus on reality. No more temporary, secondary façades. I had to face the hard truth that this was my life, unchanging, and let’s face it—a little boring…

But, I soon came across one book I couldn’t put down. I soon found myself reading it both day and night. It pulled me into its pages, washed away my old identity, and gave me a new one. Those words written in that book became more alive to me than anything I’ve ever read or experienced in my entire life.

Those words, dear reader, are the very ones spoken by our Creator, penned by holy men of God as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (II Peter 1:21). These words exist in the pages of the Bible, and they have truly penetrated my soul and transformed me into a new creature.

I found a book that isn’t just a story for me to step into for a night. It’s not just a story that ends with a final chapter. The words it is don’t die off and trail off into the far recesses of my imagination. God’s Word is alive, is available for me every day—even in my waking moments—to transform, chasten, empower, convict, strengthen, enlighten, and so much more for me.

His Word is truth that can be manifested today, tomorrow, or any day in the future. God’s writing a new chapter in my life every day. And, His work in me is the most exciting plotline I’ve ever read.

I invite you today to get lost in book that will do more than just capture your attention for a brief moment in time, but for a lifetime. You might just find yourself like me, consumed, transformed, and in love with a book that you just can’t put down. You’ll find a story that comes alive in front of your very eyes.