For the 10-year-old boy who doesn’t think he wants to hear a story called The Princess Bride, especially if it has any kissing in it, comes the author’s own description of the “good bits” from S. Morgenstern’s fictitious novel: Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautiful ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles. Not to mention castles, sailing vessels, eel infested waters, suffering, betrayal and R.O.U.S. (Rodents of Unusual Size). It is truly a dangerous high adventure one is about to embark on in taking on this book. It’s a wonder that the reader lives through it!
In reflecting on the life of Christ, I found it interesting to note how many of these things are in that story, too, including Fighting. Torture. True love. Hate. Revenge. Bad men. Good men. Beautiful ladies. Snakes. Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles. Suffering. Betrayal. Which can only mean that God loves a good adventure, too. He’s placed us in one. I don’t think there is such a thing as an easy life. If there is, God would see to it that we skipped over that part because an easy life never taught anyone anything.
Try new things. Meet new people. Engage. What are we here for except to be a conduit of God’s grace turned outward? If that takes us into eel-infested waters then so be it.
Has the adventure gone out of your life? I find the adventure most readily in the spreading and sharing of the gospel of welcome. We meet new people. We are thrust into new situations. Some, depending on their religion, nationality or station in life may be dangerous people to know. No matter. We are loved and God loves through us.
Read through a typical day of our prayer requests and it can read like an adventure novel from the many things people find themselves up against. Instead of thinking of it as a drag, think of it as an adventure. Whatever God allows in our lives is to build up our faith and make us stronger. He made it clear that if we want to share in His glory, we must also share in His suffering. But hey … it’s just the Fire Swamp. Those fire explosions give a couple clicks before they go off so if you listen carefully, you can get out of the way. Just watch out for the R.O.U.S.. They can jump on you out of trees, you know.
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT OUR PRAYER MINISTRY
Out of the thousands of people who receive these emails daily, there’s no one who needs prayer? In the word of the Vizzini, the Sicilian in The Princess Bride, “Inconceivable.”
If there’s something that prevents you from entering in your request, Get over it.
That’s all we can say. Help is on the way.