Hi Everyone – David here.
I have finally returned from my six month sabbatical to the North West Tibetan Mountain Monastery where I’ve been studying contemplative meditation with His Holiness – the Dali Lama (well – not really, but it’s a creative excuse for not being here for a while).
Something in Rob’s post earlier this week made me reflect on the bigger story of life. We’re written about this before, however it is good to revisit the larger story from time to time and take another perspective. The revisiting of the larger story though is not without its dangers and perils – as we spend most of our time in the smaller acts of the bigger production.
While our mind may be unwilling to reconcile the duality of these small and larger stories, our soul is far more comfortable in these larger spaces. Recall the last time you were in the mountains, on the ocean, or driving through a wide open space. Do you remember how your soul felt? How it expanded to fill the grandeur and beauty of the space around you? This is why the larger story is important – we are designed for it.
Here’s an except from the book Epic, by John Eledredge that reminds us of the real story of life:
A Story. An Epic.
Something hidden in the ancient past.
Something dangerous now unfolding.
Something waiting in the future for us to discover.
Some crucial role for us to play.
Christianity, in its true form, tells us that there is an Author and that he is good, the essence of all that is good and beautiful and true, for he is the source of all these things. It tells us that he has set our hearts’ longings within us, for he has made us to live in an Epic. It warns that the truth is always in danger of being twisted and corrupted and stolen from us because there is a Villain in the Story who hates our hearts and wants to destroy us. It calls us up into a Story that is truer and deeper than any other, and assures us that there we will find the meaning of our lives.
What if ?
What if all the great stories that have ever moved you, brought you joy or tears—what if they are telling you something about the true Story into which you were born, the Epic into which you have been cast?
We won’t begin to understand our lives, or what this so-called gospel is that Christianity speaks of, until we understand the Story in which we have found ourselves. For when you were born, you were born into an Epic that has already been under way for quite some time. It is a Story of beauty and intimacy and adventure, a Story of danger and loss and heroism and betrayal.
May you my friends, recall how your soul stirs when we experience the larger story, how space and time blend in those places to create a sense of purpose, place and home, even if only for a moment. We were made for places such as this. Earth is such a small place relative to the universe. If God flung the stars into space and knows each one by name then perhaps this is how we need to start thinking about our own story.
Grace and peace.