The Story Is the Thing

Think of a movie you love and a scene will come to mind, an iconic scene that is seared into your brain.

Scarlet declaring, “With God as my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”

ET trying to heal Eliot’s supposed knife wound.

The silhouette of Indiana Jones putting his hat on.

Luke Skywalker and the two suns of Tatooine.

These scenes are important to us because they remind us of a great story.  Without a great story they are just images, flickering lights on a big screen.

Literary critics direct us to what they consider great writing.  They are impressed by language, by the choice of words.  But if words overshadow story you have just pretty words, black marks on white paper.  It is story that compels, that inspires, that changes us.

Walt Disney recognized this.  Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella.  All great stories.  Otherwise those movies would have been great technical achievements and nothing else.

The gospel is story, the greatest story of all time.  It is like an intricate 3D puzzle with every piece fitting precisely in with every other piece.  At the same time it’s stunningly breathtakingly simple.

The Father devised the story.  The Son lived out the story.  The Holy Spirit has continued the story to this day.  One day I became part of the story.  And every day all around the world others become part of the story.

How about you?  Are you part of the story?


About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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One Response to The Story Is the Thing

  1. The Parables were told in that form for a reason – and have been around for a long time for that same reason. People love a good story – and one that relates to them.

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