Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Comedy

Life is a comedy.

No I'm serious.

And, no, I haven't forgotten about tragic things like abortion, and men who shoot little children, and abusive parents.

It's just that our translation of the word 'comedy' is not what it originally meant. A comedy, in the true sense of the word, is a story in which good ultimately triumphs over evil. It means that even though there are tragic parts, in the end, the good guy kills the bad guy, he gets the girl, and he wins the day.

And that's The Story for you, in a nutshell. The Son dies for His bride (even though she has been unfaithful to Him). But then, since "a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead....Death itself [began] working backward." (C.S. Lewis, 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe'.) And the thing is, we've gotten a spoiler. We already know how this Story will end up. The Author has assured us that His masterpiece will have a good ending; that the bad and twisted things will be made new. 

Don't you feel honored? I do. To be given a place in the spotlight on the stage of life. We each have our moment in the pages. How does my moment look? Does the audience wish my time was over? Or do they cry when my act is ended? Make your moment beautiful. Even if your story seems trivial, it's not. It is in the Book for a purpose. And everyday, you are closer to discovering what that purpose is. 


“Do not resent your place in the story. Do not imagine yourself elsewhere. Do not close your eyes and picture a world without thorns, without shadows, without hawks. Change this world. Use your body like a tool meant to be used up, discarded, and replaced. Better every life you touch. We will reach the final chapter. When we have eyes that can stare into the sun, eyes that only squint for the Shenikah, then we will see laughing children pulling cobras by their tails, and hawks and rabbits playing tag.” 
(-N.D. Wilson)


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