May 28, 2013
“Flood of Terror” by Justin Lowmaster was actually the first contemporary piece that the Untold Podcast got its hands on!
Through episode 4, all the podcast’s show either originated from my own works, or were pieces in the public domain. Now, I personally have enough works to keep the Untold Podcast in production for a decade, but I didn’t want it to be about me! I wanted other voices!
After the pilot episode was released I began contacting about half a dozen of my Christian writing friends, asking for stories. Most of them said they’d get something to me. But after four months, I hadn’t received a single story.
Not content to settle on public domain stories (although we will be featuring them from time-to-time) I began going through my personal library and “cold-calling” (via e-mail) various authors. Justin Lowmaster was the first because his story was featured in a compilation I had also been published through and I knew he retained the rights to his story.
I had inquired about “Flood of Terror” but he was also interested in having “Send In” featured on the show. So, I agreed to produce both of them (with episodes in between). So, in many ways, this was intended to be episode 5, but I think the order worked out very well.
(Listen to the story here first)
Concerning the story, while I was evaluating the story, I almost decided to pass over it. The theme of “God will never give us more than we can handle” features prominently in it. And, as I’ve blogged about before, that’s just plain bad theology.
But something deeper was going on in this story. Even though the protagonist said the phrase several times, when push came to shove, God did give him more than he could handle. At the height of the action, Charles was literally in over his head, about to drown and it wasn’t his karate, or his intellect that saved him. It was the Word of God. Period. Charles didn’t stop the cult. God did. God just briefly spoke through him.
I can’t believe I almost missed that.
If you like the show, please talk about it on social media. And please follow us on Twitter and like our FaceBook page.