Living a Real-Life Allegory.......
"I believe there is a writer outside ourselves, plotting a better story for us, interacting with us, even, and whispering a better story into our consciousness," (Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years).
Humanity finds itself as the starring role in the best story ever told. It's a story with the perfet blend of comedy, romance, drama, action, horror, and adventure. All of humanity hopes to play the heroic protaganist as we fight to conquer the world and its anatagonist ways. Some are successful in their conquest. Some are not. Some live in such a way they hear a melodic soundtrack as the scenes scroll by. Some stand on hope. Some allow their days to pass as though they've received an anesthesia. Some have been paralyzed by fear. Some drink of laughter as their medicine. Some live in sweet harmony with their writer. Some live in bitter contention with their writer.
We are in a great conflict. We are forced to fight and wrestle for hope, for joy, for laughter, for peace. We (all too easily) embrace bitterness, mediocrity, disillusionment, fear. Everyone wants to be part of an epic story. We want stories to be told of us to our grandkids, we want our names in the history books, we want our jerseys retired. Stories will be told of the heros who suited up and fought for beauty and won. Stories will soon die of those who refused to fight.
Called by the mountains, by the sunsets, by the vast seas, we are into a grander story than just our own sub-story. The plot is much more majestic than my measly 80 years on earth. We are but one tree in a bountiful forest. May our own stories point to the greater story being told. May we find ourselves in a better story than that which we settle for too often.
"If I have hope, it's that God sat over the dark nothing and wrote you and me, specifically, into the story, and put us in with the sunset and the rainstorm as though to say, Enjoy your place in my story. The beauty of it means you matter, and you can create within it even as I have created you" (Donald Miller).