An oddly vivid memory


My late contribution to 5 minute Friday. The word this week is vivid.
The task: Write for 5 minutes – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

The dullness

Most days of my life pass with little recollection, my memories of those days are dull. However, there is a day – a Wednesday in August 1988 – which is vividly etched in my memory. It was a wet, grey August and I was not particularly happy. I’d been in this city for a year. My search for meaning in life was going round in circles and the ache to have purpose grew stronger.

My ignorance

A friend of mine was a fiery new Pentecostal Christian. I liked her despite her attempts to convert me. In my arrogance I thought I knew better than her misplaced trust in Jesus and a God who did not exist. Or so I thought…

At one point in my arguing with her she mentioned that if I was ever to read the Bible I should start with the Gospel of John. For some now unrecalled reason I decided to do this.

A vibrant new beginning

I found a Bible in the public library – a Good News Bible with a bright yellow cover – and began reading John’s Gospel.

By the time I reached chapter 7 I was puzzled why the Jews could not see that Jesus is God. By chapter 21 the command from Jesus, “Follow me” was vividly targeted at me (John 21:19). I knew that life had changed for me. All I had been painting on the canvas of my life was now irrelevant, God was giving me eternal life. The dull background was about to be painted in vivid new colours.


Image of paint cans: wragg (iStock)

4 thoughts on “An oddly vivid memory

  1. I love that you remember that the Bible had a bright yellow cover. The color of joy on a gray day when you weren’t “particularly happy.” How cool is that? The Word is alive! Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. What a great memory snippet, now I am intrigued about what came as you continued into the chapter, what pulled you in, what verses, what story. I want to see the unraveling, for it is so different for each person.

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  3. Hi Jules,
    I have been intending to write about the beginnings of my faith for a long time, this prompt got me started without realizing it! I will have to try and follow through now, thanks for the encouragement to do so.

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  4. Hi Sandra,
    Yep, all these years I have remembered that Bible, if they hadn’t rearranged our local library I could probably even walk to the exact place on the shelf where it was. I was thinks after writing this post that it is amazing how vividly (that word again!) this memory is burned into my mind – like a near-miss accident it is one of those memories that changed my life. Thanks for calling by.

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