It’s possible I’m consumed with story.
I make up and write stories for a living. When I’m not writing, I edit other people’s stories. In my free time, I watch stories on TV and at the movies, and I read stories before I close my eyes every night.
All these stories have gotten me thinking—real life is a series of stories, and each story is connected to all the others. And it’s all part of one big story.
An epic tale.
This tale had its beginnings long before you and I drew breath. In fact, it began before those famous words in Genesis, “In the beginning.” It began in the heavens when an angel named Lucifer decided he would be equal with God, and God disagreed.
And there was a war.
And it still rages today.
You and I were born into a world at war, and our stories are episodes within this larger tale. We are living short (relatively speaking) stories that illustrate the great forces that battle all around us.
The tale we’re in makes stories like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia look like picture books.
And each of us is a character. Writers only create characters who matter to the stories they create. The Author created each of us because we matter in His epic tale.
An amazing thought, isn’t it?
William Shakespeare must have considered this himself when he penned these words in As You Like It: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts…”
I’ve asked myself lately, what part do I play in God’s epic tale? And if I’m meant to play a part, am I doing it right? Or am I missing the epic in the pursuit of my own short-story interests?
What part do you play in God’s epic tale?
Robin Patchen lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband and three teenagers. Her third book, Finding Amanda, was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards and won the 2016 Bookstores Without Borders Lyra Award in the Women’s Fiction category. Its prequel, Chasing Amanda, is currently offered for free at all major retailers. When Robin isn’t writing or caring for her family, she works as a freelance editor at Robin’s Red Pen, where she specializes in Christian fiction. Read excerpts and find out more at her website, robinpatchen.com.