Three and a half years back, when I first moved out of Bangalore, I had a desire deep within me to be used by God in some specific way. As I prayed about it, I always assumed it would be something to do with music or maybe engineering (lol).
At that point of time, I had zero interest in reading – whether it was books, newspapers, blogs – the idea of reading simply did not speak to my heart. I was completely indifferent to it.
And then one day, as I sat on the floor staring at the burnt chappati that I had just cooked, an idea flashed to my mind – an idea for a story about a cook who wasn’t really a cook, a story without a very happy ending. Quickly, I wrote some words down and sent it to a couple of my friends who were really creeped out by it; and that was the reaction I had been looking for. Immediately, I began to write more – about murders, eerie voices and ghosts. Some of my friends loved it! (some, not so much)
I began to fall in love with writing these stories with plot twists. Ideas just seemed to come and I was on a high…
Until one day, I had an idea to write a similiar story. Except, this time, it wasn’t going to be a horrifying ending. I don’t think I planned on making it a happy ending either, but I just felt like I needed to write about it. It wasn’t a new story at all. It was the story of a little boy who I had heard about many times and I decided to get into his shoes and write about his day (You can actually check it out here – http://www.aweandwonder.in/the-lunchbox/)
And that is just what I did. When I shared it, there was suddenly a new kind of high in me. I loved watching people respond to my posts, but for the first time, I loved the way I responded to my writing of the post in a whole different way.
I suddenly realized that a prayer had been answered and how.. God wanted to use a guy – who truly has no idea what readers like – who has no idea what writing is all about – to write for His glory.
For the past year, that’s what my girlfriend, Prema, and I have hoped to do on our blog. We’ve written testimonies of people and wept over them. We’ve written stories and posts that have been impressed on our hearts and we have an amazing friend, Luke Alfred, who translated them into decent English.
Today, after praying about it, we’ve decided to move all our posts to a website – www.aweandwonder.in
We hope this space inspires and blesses you. We hope it makes you dig deep. You may see yourself in a lot of the stories, but the whole point of this is that we grow smaller as we grow closer to Jesus. The whole point is that we would take our rightful place in the story and realise : it’s not about us. We get to be in the story but we have to get out of our own way.
This story is about Him…
We pray this corner of ours sets you to dig deeper, get to the root of stuff you’ve been dealing with, ask questions and ultimately know God better.
And as we do that, we ask that you will pray for us as well.