“I’m writing a book.”
“Yes. This one is going to be a series.”
“What’s it about?”
“It’s about our family, and all my friends, and this guy I don’t know. I named him Clyde.”
“Umm hmm. Clyde is given the power to take over the universe and he turns evil.”
“And me and my friends–and Teddy– are given the good power to fight Clyde. And LucyMae. Lucy is with us too.”
“LucyMae fights evil?”
“Umm hmm. And Clyde kidnaps you and daddy and we have to rescue you. And we have to travel all over the universe. Each book will be a different adventure on our way to rescue you.”
The lights are out and the pillow talk starts and I stare up at the ceiling in the dark and think how small his universe is.
He’s given the power to take over the universe…and he kidnaps you and daddy.
I squeeze his hand and shift Lucy with my leg–she always wedges in between us during the Tucking In–luxuriating in the white fuzzy blanket Jeffy calls home at night.
This is his universe. We are his universe.
The thought silences me and I am lost momentarily…until I am called back to this place, in this white fuzzy blanket, on this bed, with this dog between my legs, beside this boy.
“I’m calling it Jeffrey Boggess and the Daring Rescue.”
And I think about The Rescues–the big one and the Even Bigger One–in my life and I can’t breathe for a minute.
I am filled with it all anew: the wonder. That I can reach out my hand and touch Jesus in my life astounds me. He announces Himself. And I am Simon Peter, falling to my knees at the great bounty before me.
“Do you like it?”
“Jeffrey Boggess and the Daring Rescue? Do you like the title?”
“Well, I just…I just think it’s perfect.”
Because everyone wants to be rescued.