There is a bigger story to life than the one that just passes before our eyes. I tend to forget this from time to time and end up caught up in the small story of budgets and meetings and what people think about me and who’s decision it was to go down a certain road. But there is a bigger story at work in this life. I don’t know always exactly what it is, but when I see it—when I get a chance to taste it—I know that my heart leaps and all of my being wants to dive into its cool waters like I did into a river in Gatlinburg when I was still in high school—with reckless abandon and little thought for what was happening next.
I was thinking about movies and the stories that they tell. Like them or hate them they are the literature of our age after all. I was thinking about how so many stories end with the hero winning or even if the hero dies they end with hope about tomorrow. I have often wondered about this. If you look around at the small stories of most people’s lives the good guy rarely wins. People die. Hearts get broken. Families fall apart. Buildings collapse, and planes crash. The world is a mess.
But the movies that show this. The stories that end with a bleak look at tomorrow these are not the ones that are beloved by millions. Yes some of them are celebrated for their accomplishment and some cynical people like me like those stories better because they are more dramatic and more akin to “real life.”
But there is a feeling that you get when the good guys come through that is beyond any logic. There is a joy that comes when the underdog team with a heart of gold defeats the state powerhouse. You have to cheer when Rocky stands in the middle of the ring and yells to Adrianne. Because at some level this story, this story of good winning at the end is written inside of us because it is the story of the world around us.
Sure when you look at the small stories of our lives sometimes in fact most of the time it seems like good loses and evil wins. But when you take a look at the story of the world not just from our small perspective, but perspective of God you see that good ultimately does win out. Our heart connects when good overcomes evil because good will overcome. Our heart leaps when the hero gives his life for the righteous cause because the HERO of time did just that for us. We even smile when that same hero gets up again after we all know that he should be dead and that all logic says that his story is over because in the STORY of the world the HERO did stand up again and in doing so won the victory for all of us.
Life is a story, and even though it may look like a tragedy right now we know how it ends. These present struggles are but small scenes in the overall plot. God has triumphed and he is calling and inviting us to stand up join the fight and dive headlong into the rushing water of his story.
Are you ready for a life of adventure? Jump into His story.