I’ll tell you a secret — I like to read stories where there is magic in the world. My husband likes movies with superheroes. Any story worth its salt, has the protagonist miraculously overcoming an insurmountable situation. Whether it is through grit and determination, supernatural abilities, or divine intervention, we root for the good guy to overpower the villain.
Why is that?
Why do I read stories that have magical creatures?
Does it have anything to do with human nature?
Does it have anything to do with believing in a higher power?
Human beings crave power. To be powerless is a frightening feeling. But seeking to become powerful can lead down a dark road filled with pride and arrogance.
But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles have absolute power and lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them [tyrannizing them]. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your [willing and humble] slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [paying the price to set them free from the penalty of sin].”Matthew 20:25-28 (AMP)
For me, reading fantastical stories expresses the yearning to know the power within me that does not come from me, and to comprehend God at work through me.
Now to the God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us,Ephesians 3:20 (VOICE)
Imagination helps us grasp the concept of God’s immeasurable power. A power he can work in us.
I have a fear of being inconsequential. Maybe we all do.
Definition of inconsequential
1: of no significance : UNIMPORTANTMerriam-Webster https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inconsequential
I wrestle with feeling unimportant. I struggle with feeling my life is insignificant and ordinary. I wonder will my life make a difference? I imagine God has better, more gifted people to achieve his plans; yet, looking through scripture, I find God using insignificant, ordinary people powerfully.
I went through a season resigned to the idea that I was only ever going to be ordinary. Honestly it felt like a heavy weight around my neck. Now, I think how can I, or anyone, be ordinary and inconsequential with the power of God working within?
I challenge you to open up your imagination to the possibilities. Root for yourself, because in your story you are the protagonist.
Grace & Peace,