How do you write words which simultaneously veil and reveal truth? which direct a story line unfolding with perfect timing revealing a powerful meta narrative that transcends the mind that reads it? that masterfully weaves multiple subplots intricately supporting and enhancing the one main theme? to speak through different voices, periods, cultures with a unifying clarity? using various literary genres without distraction? where the story’s truth rings loud and clear to every generation without fail? that creates a longing in the heart that will never be satisfied unless the story is true?
For all to align, the author must be omniscient in the creation of the story, be driven with a meaningful reason to create, be directing the story with omnipotence which in turns conveys the ponderous purpose and meaning behind it, which will at the same time create in the reader such a forever longing in the heart, earnestly yearning deeply for the story to really be true, that will never be satisfied unless the story is real and true. (C. S. Lewis)
Only an author wielding such a true wisdom and power can unveil his story with such detailed control and offer the substance that spans millenniums. The author must also intimately know the reader in order to stir the mind, imagination and will of the person to seek the mystery and meaning of the story. Desire is flamed as the message permeates the unknown recesses illuminating the darkest, most secret, and tender places of the heart; and the reader is called to engage, for the heart of the story allows for no neutral ground, and the truth calls plainly in the streets for a response.
Sadly, there are few brilliant writers considering how many people have been born. However, there is one book whose author continues to stir controversy, give hope, remain debated or revered depending on the reader: God. The ancient one true God who speaks a living word “…piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” The claim is ponderous, but the influence of this book remains without question.
Could it be that the invisible reality of the story beckons to what our soul remembers? Could it be that the conflict of the story is resolved with such desperate, brutal grace that the soul is forever shaken by the unfathomable love portrayed? It it because we know we could never write a story like that and be authentic, for we could never perform the action?
The Story: In the beginning, God lived here on earth. His face was seen by the people he made. His glory and presence was known and enjoyed daily. In that day, the world was a garden, a true paradise that defied any imagination to envision a surpassing, unparalleled perfect home. Injustice did not exist. Hunger was unknown. Poverty was not conceived. There was no disease, death, or decay. God’s beauty filled the earth. But, like all good stories, there arose conflict that threatened the beauty. The created wanted control. Humanity decided to write the story, to be their own master. It ruined paradise. The result is that all of humanity now lives in a broken world apart from the perfect community enjoyed in the presence and glory of God. Paradise is now remote from earth. When our relationship to God unraveled, our relationships with everything else unraveled. The ideal became desolate and broken, remote from the real beauty and glory. Mankind experienced psychological, physical, emotional, social, etc. alienation from God. So, we became the antagonist against a very good God.
We became like a fish flopping in a small puddle of water,
barely able to survive,
with no room for flourishing.
Created for God,
everything else is too small for our souls.
But, all of us try to achieve our potentials. We pursue power, reputation, approval, relationships, family, success, money, country, causes, etc.. Not designed for such shallow waters, we were never meant to live for those things.
God redeems in order to habit. So the story churns on based on the very unchangeable goodness of God, the God who would keep His promises and finish the story. God redeems and reintroduces home through the hero of the story, his Son Jesus Christ.
Home is a place for the deepest longings of your heart and soul to be met
by His presence;
and the way home is through his Son.
In God’s presence is joy forever; that is, God’s relational presence & glory is the only environment where every created thing flourishes. We stay frozen as acorns. The majestic oak never rises apart from His life-giving blood.
Our potentialities will not erupt unless with are in the presence of God, for our souls only dance in His love. Happy ever after is true in the joy of God’s presence.