I discovered this tidbit in "Writing the Breakout Novel" by Donald Maass: “Little miracles become our personal myths. What are the little miracles that bring your characters to their moments of grand destiny?...Revisit them in retrospect, and the hand of God will show in your story.”
Touch points of God’s presence are memorable. They impact us. They give us hope. They change us.
I was pondering this recently while waiting for the release of Kernels of Hope, an anthology of incidents of God's hand in the lives of everyday people (Majesty House). Whether it’s surviving a train wreck or seeing provision through extraordinary means, the message of God’s love and grace is evident.
Non-believers would call this fate or kismet or perhaps, karma. The point is everyone recognizes we have a place in the universe. Interesting occurrences, whether titled interventions or coincidences, leave their impact. Fictional characters are enhanced when they, too, experience such moments.
For example, I have an angry believer running from God. She continually makes wrong choices that increase her suffering. One day she finds a cat in desperate circumstances. Because it resists her help, it dies. This mirrors her own fight with the Savior. The revelation changes everything.
In your current works in progress, do your protagonists come to a moments of truth? Does something happen that causes them to change direction? Does a seemingly inconsequential meeting hold lasting import? What are the “little miracles” that produce “moments of grand destiny”?
If you don’t have an example from your own work, try using this situation to create a grand destiny: A general call to prayer for a brittle diabetic results in a donated insulin pump.
I look forward to seeing God's hand at work in your story ideas.
Mary Allen lives in the Midwest with her husband and a German Short Hair Pointer. She loves God's Word which never changes and also enjoys playing with words which can be endlessly changed. She writes women's fiction and was La Porte County Poet Laureate from 2010-2011.
Today she rescued a brood of eight panicked ducklings by quacking them to shore. Little Miracle or Grand Destiny? You be the judge.