A pal invited me to go with him to see a single of the Hobbit films. Lots of us guys adore myths, legends, and stories of adventure. In particular epic stories of adventure, exactly where there’s a struggle going on in between very good and evil, darkness and light. They hold a strange fascination for lots of of us.
We duly met at the cinema only to come across that the schedule had been changed and it was not on that afternoon. It wasn’t on anyplace else that afternoon. His ‘Plan B’ suggestion was to go ten-pin bowling. Now I’ve only played sometimes given that college days and likely the final time I went was ten years previously. So I was a small rusty to say the least. Nonetheless, amongst the lots of rounds exactly where I didn’t get a strike at all, I had a single when I got 4 strikes in a row! I knew 3 in a row and you have been a ‘turkey’, but in no way ahead of had I heard of anybody receiving 4. I’d in no way even had 3! So I was unprepared for the declaration that came up on the screen that I was a ‘four-bagger’. To me at least it was a story of epic proportions, albeit a brief a single. Me – a 4-bagger!
All of this produced me assume about whether or not there is some sort of epic struggle going on in our lives and whether or not we have a battle on our hands against an unseen enemy who was determined to sideline us and lead to us to drop heart. Is the story of our person lives set inside a a lot larger epic story, which is nevertheless unfolding? Most of us have some consciousness of very good and evil. We’re nicely conscious of the lots of cruel points that occur to innocent people today, and of the need to have for justice and truth. Most of us can see that some points appear a lot more linked with darkness than light. But we all have a strange fascination with the darkness, and can simply get drawn into it if we are not cautious. Hidden dangers lurk there. We go via a door out of curiosity and ahead of you know it the door slams behind us and there’s no deal with on the inside. We have no option but to go additional and danger receiving entirely lost in unfamiliar surroundings. We may well in no way come across our way back.
For the Christian believer, the very good news is that we do not have to go it alone. We can draw on God’s aid when the darkness appears a lot more eye-catching than the light when hiding in a dark cave appears far better than facing the light of reality when dwelling on our failures appears simpler than receiving up once again and moving forward. We can draw on the courage and strength he supplies to lower the frequency with which we drop heart and really feel like providing up. We can listen to his affirmation and encouragement, and replace our lethargy and isolation with a higher wish to be element of an epic story exactly where very good triumphs more than evil, exactly where adore wins in the finish.
Taken from the Book ‘Beyond the Banter’ by Bob Fraser