I’ve been reading these books that my grandmother has read for decades, the adventures of the dragonriders of Pern. I wanted to see what has enthralled her for all these years to the point of collecting dragon figurines of all shapes and sizes. I must admit, Anne McCaffrey wrote a good series. My grandmother first started reading them because she liked the science fiction genre of literature. But she told me as I got started that these books don’t fit the genre exactly as she expected. I’ve been enjoying observing the science fiction develop in these otherwise fantasy stories.
In Christian circles I have been hearing more and more the analogy of our lives as stories. They challenge us to write a bigger story, not a prettier one, with our lives. They talk about re-writing our stories through the transforming power of Christ. They talk about choosing adventure over safety.
It’s this last one that caught my attention during my Bible reading recently. In Acts chapter four we read the history of the apostles’ first imprisonment for speaking the gospel. When they were released here’s their request, after praising the sovereignty of God, verses 29-31:
And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.”
They ask for confidence. They ask for God to work. They don’t beg for safety. They don’t ask for power and authority in their own positions in society. They ask for the courage for God to continue to speak through and use them as His servants.
That is the prayer of a great story. An epic adventure.
What kind of story are you writing through your conversations with God?
Where are you being challenged, invited, called into a grander Story? What do you need to do to accept the challenge, to go on the adventure?