Heard a Good Story Lately?

The best stories are ones that have a clear plot, and a character you can relate to. For the story to connect there needs to be conflict and then resolution. There might even be a surprise ending.

Hollywood will make films and screen them for reaction before they are released. Many times people do not like the way the movie concluded—perhaps the hero dies, or never finds love, or whatever, so they will reshoot the end of the film.

Someone pointed out that there are certain things that are always true in movies:

  • The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. No one will ever think of looking for you in there. By the way, you can travel to any other part of the building you want, without difficulty.
  • When paying for a taxi, you don’t look at your wallet as you take out a bill. You just grab one at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.
  • The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window in Paris. Also, all grocery shopping bags contain at least one stick of French bread.
  • In movies, all bombs are conveniently fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they’re going to go off.
  • It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts. Your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessors.
  • Bad guys can spray machine-gun fire everywhere, never hitting the hero (but hitting the ground and objects nearby) and yet the hero can hit a bad guy at 100 yards with a 5-shot revolver that can fire 20 bullets without reloading.

Our lives may not be as dramatic as the movies, but we each have a story. We are each the featured character in our own movie called life. Psalm 90:9 says, “We spend our years as a tale that is told.” Our lives are full of conflicts and twists and turns. Too bad we can’t reshoot the ending, because sometimes we don’t like the way it is going.

Imagine how Joseph felt mid-story, around the time he was in prison. It started off well, loved by his father, but then betrayed by brothers and falsely accused.

Imagine how Job felt mid-story—children dead, possessions stolen, health gone as well, and a wife driving him crazy.

The problem was that Job never read the Book of Job and Joseph never read Genesis. But both of those stories had a surprise ending.

Remember, there is an Author to your story, a Director in your film, and that is the Lord. There is a script, and He has a plan—that’s all you need to know for now.

And ultimately, it’s good!