Hmmm…. a leader but first a lover.
Yet what would a childless Elijah know of a father’s love for his children? In my fictional account he has parents, siblings, and a sidekick. So I asked people, How would you feel about an Elijah who has a girlfriend, wife, children?
No Mrs. Elijah
M. J. – “He can have the same passions as us without changing the character, from what I know Elijah was celibate. Maybe you can go the route, ‘He was interested in someone at one point but felt God’s pull to remain celibate.
Name withheld – “If God has called someone to walk alone with Him, then he/she will be complete in Him — and just Him.”
Yes Mrs. Elijah
Suzanne – “It would make him more human and accessible maybe?”
Lois – “Great. Show his human side. Everyone needs love.”
Let Elijah decide
- Noah – “When I write a story I find it best to let the characters drive it. I let them “tell me” what is right for the story. I try to imagine my characters as real people, and understand who that person is, and then I let him or her “decide” how the story goes. Let Elijah decide.”
And my characters do like to surprise me.
- Elijah at Mt Carmel — I had no idea Ira was in that crowd.
- Until Shillem in Rehov spoke up, I didn’t know how to point them south.
- Gera in Beersheba, “Before you anoint too many kings….” I was like, Oh? OK.
So let Elijah decide? Without putting words in his mouth? I mean, it’s a lot easier to write one scene of Elijah rejecting romance than it is to build pieces into several scenes that show him wooing, marrying, and raising children.