One of the many gifts we have received from John Eldredge is a recovery of The Story. Eldredge would say, and i agree, The Story makes sense of your life. In his book Epic he tells The Story: Creation, Fall, Redemption and the Battle for our hearts which takes place therein, and proposes it as a drama in four acts.
For the addict, whatever stage of recovery and healing, keeping The Story in focus is crucial. Our identity, strength, purpose and growth are all tied to understanding ourselves as His imagebearers within the context the The Story.
Eldredge puts it this way:
For most of us, life feels like a movie we’ve arrived at forty-five minutes late.
Something important seems to be going on . . . maybe. I mean, good things do happen, sometimes beautiful things. You meet someone, fall in love. You find that work that is yours alone to fulfill. But tragic things happen too. You fall out of love, or perhaps the other person falls out of love with you. Work begins to feel like a punishment. Everything starts to feel like an endless routine.
If there is meaning to this life, then why do our days seem so random? What is this drama we’ve been dropped into the middle of ? If there is a God, what sort of story is he telling here? At some point we begin to wonder if Macbeth wasn’t right after all: Is life a tale “told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”?
No wonder we keep losing heart.
We find ourselves in the middle of a story that is sometimes wonderful, sometimes awful, often a confusing mixture of both, and we haven’t a clue how to make sense of it all. It’s like we’re holding in our hands some pages torn out of a book. These pages are the days of our lives. Fragments of a story. They seem important, or at least we long to know they are, but what does it all mean? If only we could find the book that contains the rest of the story.
Chesterton had it right when he said, “With every step of our lives we enter into the middle of some story which we are certain to misunderstand.”
This excerpt highlights the confusion and sense of unfulfilled longing which aches within every addict’s heart. In Eldredge’s quote i see some hope that rather than my days being random, they are tied to a much larger Story. The more i learn about it and enter it, the more my struggles do, in fact, make sense.
i am part of the grandest Story of all: Two kingdoms are in conflict and i get to play a crucial part in ushering in beauty, goodness, truth and love was a WarriorPoet fighting for the Noble King.
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