I love epic tales of adventure; stories full of trials, struggles, battles, victories, defeats, and triumph. I am easily caught up in classic epics like Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, and yes, even Star Wars! Stories like these have so many parallels into the very real “plot” of our lives. When I read (or watch) these stories I tend to imagine myself as one of the characters. I relish in the adventure lived vicariously through heroes like William Wallace, Benjamin Martin, and Maximus Decimus Meridius (Braveheart, The Patriot, and Gladiator). Yet, more often than not, I fail to display the same courage which I admire in these characters when faced with reality.
Rather than stand in the face of adversity and uncertainty, I tend to complain and doubt. All too often, my problems and my worries knock the wind out of me and rob me of my fight. In all reality I must admit, if my life was an epic tale, there would probably be no young men admiring me and imagining that they could be so heroic.
Why do I fail so often to bravely face life’s difficulties and my failures? Because I forget that my life is part of and Epic Story!
All too often, I forget that the story of my life is only a small part of the reality of Him. My view of my life narrows and becomes limited to my years on this earth. I forget that one day, I will ride in behind the King, surrounded a great host, as he subdues all of His enemies! I will reign and rule with Him in His Kingdom for 1,000 years! And when He defeats the final enemy at the end of that 1,000 years, I will dwell in Heaven with Him forevermore!
When I think about that, I realize that every day, every moment in this world is a preparation for (and a part of) this great adventure! All of a sudden, my problems and worries don’t seem like that big of a deal. My doubts and fears no longer hold the same power over me. After all, I am on the winning side! Truth shall triumph!