Suspense in God’s Story
Scripture Reading — Romans 8:18-25
The creation waits in eager expectation . . . .
—Romans 8:19 —
As a boy, I didn’t like scary stories. I’d act brave, but whenever a TV show would become suspenseful, I’d suddenly remember something in another room that needed my attention. I didn’t really like nervous or scary; I liked happy a lot better.
As you and I discover the Bible’s story, we often find that we don’t really like suspense either. The Bible’s story leads us from Eden into a world where everything starts to hurt: our work feels futile, our marriages and families cause us pain. We quickly find ourselves stuck in a world that doesn’t feel right. Somebody needs to do something, right?
Donald Miller, author of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, describes his experience with a film crew making a documentary of his life. They grew frustrated filming scenes from his comfortable life. Eventually they confronted him: his life made for a boring story. His initial success as a writer had allowed him to withdraw from most of life’s problems, robbing him of the chance to experience any real suspense. That confrontation led him into a less comfortable but far more significant life.
Most of the time, instead of challenges and stresses, I’d rather have my story just stop for a while. But that would soon get boring, and I’d miss out on more significant experiences.
If God wanted to write a really good story in your life, would you let him?
Lord, thank you for ignoring our pleas for comfort. Lead us instead into stories that will prove important someday. Amen.