Seven weeks have passed since I last wrote. Right now, I am not quite sure how I can express my gratitude to all of you who have sent me the kind words you did. Believe me when I say that your words have lifted my spirit and allowed me the ability to keep moving forward.
As many of you know, I have taken a much-needed rest from blogging. It is not a decision I made without consulting my family and friends. Quite honestly, I have missed the daily grind of producing three posts a week while also maintaining a rigorous writing schedule for my future books. However, the time away has given me the opportunity to reevaluate my life from a spiritual perspective.
Before I continue, let me just say that I am fine. I had a scare in early January when a problem in my neck had resurfaced, and as time went on it had steadily gotten worse. I had something similar happen to me four years ago when my left arm went numb due nerve problems stemming from my neck. So imagine how I felt when the same thing was happening to me all over again. I could easily have pricked my left index finger and not feel a thing.
I am still not ready to come back in full force, but when I do, nothing will stop me from completing my life mission. You have my word on that.
So why am I here, then?
I have had something happen to me. For those of you who believe in a higher power, this is one of those stories. I will understand if you feel uncomfortable for what I am about to tell you. If you want to leave, I will understand. A few months ago, I would have scoffed at the idea of a miracle as well. But miracles do happen, and it happened to me.
This is the part where you can keep reading or stop, because this is the part where I bring God into the picture.
For several years I have done nothing more than write about zombies and about the horror genre. I have written about other things, too, but most of my writing, especially my books, focused on the zombie apocalypse. Now you might wonder what could have possibly happened to me that would have caused me to rethink my creative direction. After all, the zombie genre is hot. What writer would not want to be a part of it?
To give you a bit more context, during my time away I was also going through a transformation of sorts where I felt a calling to do more with my life. The more I resisted, the more it became evident to me that there was more happening than what I would have wanted to admit. That resistance came from a root of bitterness that had sprung from deep within my soul. I had no idea it was there. It had been there for years, and it took me by surprise when I eventually began dealing with it this weekend.
And when I say dealing with it, I mean going militant in order to flush it out of my life. This entailed a lot of bible study, a lot of prayer, and going back to church. That last part is the kicker. I have not been back to church in two decades. I have attended annual Easter and Christmas services in the past, but only because I had to, not because I wanted to. When I went back to church yesterday, I went back because I wanted to.
And that is when the miracle took place. The root of bitterness left me, and I could feel God’s spirit flow through me, filling every part of my being. I had someone pray over me, releasing me from the burden of sin. I could hear God’s voice telling me that salvation is now mine. Some may laugh, but it did happen, and I will forever lay testimony to his glory for him taking me by the hand so as he may lead me to still waters.
There is more.
In all this, something else happened. I think I now know what I need to do. All the writing I have done, every single post I have written, every book that I have published has been nothing more than training for the real writing.
After praying about it and talking it over with my family, I think what God wants me to do is write about everyday people and about how God touches their lives. The real superheroes are those folks who go to work every day and are examples for everyone else to follow while God works through them to perform great miracles. I believe that. I believe it so much that I confess I have written a superhero book called Resilience, but I will set it aside as a means to glorify God by presenting him my industry instead. More than anything, I would like him to work through me so that I can give honor and glory to him. It might sound crazy, I know, especially after everything that I have written about in the past.
But let me ask you this—are not the craziest ideas the ones that change the world?
So in the next little while, as I try to figure this whole thing out, you may see more of me, writing about things I may have not written about in the past. And I might create things I did not know I could create. Because, really, what I want to do above all else, is glorify God with the works of my hands.
It may seem like a crazy idea, but the craziest ideas are the ones that change the world.
17 thoughts on “Transformation”
Real life here -> “I went back because I wanted to.” John 14:23
I wish you much luck on your path. Admittedly, I wandered from your blog because I don’t like zombies (there’s one of those stories there too, for me). Very best to you!
Dear Jack: I’m so glad to hear you’re well and thriving—spiritually, mentally, artistically, and physically. Welcome back, and wishing you the very best, as always!
Even when you’re just trying to say “hi, I’m back”, it still manages to be an awesome post – which just means God must have some amazing things in store for that keyboard and mouse! 🙂 Welcome back and so glad to hear you’re well!
Welcome back! Glad you are feeling better. Thanks for sharing as always. Enlightenment, the way of epiphanies and all those “A-Ha!” Moments make us, shape us and move us on our new paths.
Looking forward to hearing more and “reading” about it. 🙂
Jack have you read This Present Darkness by Peretii. It’s an awesome mixture of monster and faith. Angels vs. Demons actually. I think you would enjoy it.
Welcome back, Jack. All the best to you for discovering your higher purpose. Miracles trump zombies every time. 🙂
Amazing testimony Jack!! So glad to hear.
Welcome back. I was wondering where you had been, and, no, I do not find your explanation at all strange or off-putting. Miracles can be just the thing to shake us up and teach us humility. Psalm 90: 17.
Welcome back, Jack. So it wasn’t the zombies after all. That’s good to know.
I am so happy that you are okay and back. I believe in miracles and I believe that GOD touched your soul. Use your writing to spread the good news because your friends have your back. You can still write about zombies, GOD will find his way into your stories. He does in mine. Welcome back, Jack!!!
Glad to hear you’re doing well, Jack! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next! 🙂
Good to hear you’re doing fine and the scare was nothing more than a scare. Curious to see what you return with. Good luck.
In a world of 7+ billion it is the lone individual who has the power to move mountains. You have been called. I wish you only the best!
Jack, I’m glad you’re doing better and it’s good that you had your faith to carry through. Best of Luck and I look forward to your future writings. 🙂
Jack, it’s so glad to have you back and well! God works in mysterious ways and He has always been with you. The Lord has given you the gift of writing and you glorify Him so well through it, whether you are writing a secular piece or not. It brings me so much joy to my heart to hear of your transformation and I know the Lord has so many wonderful things in store for you! I for one, cannot wait to see, and will hang on for baited breath. God bless you!
Welcome back, and best of luck, sir!