Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Our Place in the Univese... From a Music Video?

I haven't talked a lot about music on this blog.  Well, except for my pitiful inability to play any.  Still, I do like music.  In fact, I think I appreciate it all the more since it is beyond my ability.

Anyway, I wanted to take some time out to discuss one of the current songs that I like.
The song in question is Glorious Unfolding, by Steven Curtis Chapman.

Music video (though be warned, the story is a bit of a tear-jerker):

Okay, sure, it is a nice tune, but why bring it up on an author blog?

The premise of the song is summed up by the lines:
This is going to be a glorious unfolding
Just you wait and see and you will be amazed
You’ve just got to believe the story is so far from over...

That's right!  "Story"!  He used the S-word, plain as you please...  and that isn't the only time, either.  Indeed, this "unfolding" spoken of is the unfolding of your life's story.

It can be kind of a deep concept to chew on -- that we are each living out a storyline written by a Master Author.  Obviously not a literal book, but as a framework it can help us to understand our place in the universe.

(Furthermore, what if the stories we tell could also be viewed a case of art imitating life?  Good, evil, heroes, villains, pain, struggle, victory... all part of reflecting the state of our own reality back at us from the printed page?  But that's probably too much for this blog post.)
The song is also a restatement on a concept I've been fiddling around on this blog, even down to my tag line itself.  This life we live and how we live it really is an epic in the making.  Chosen heroes vs an overwhelmingly evil world.

At times it can be easy to focus on the pain of our wounds and get mired down with the sheer hopelessness of it all. 

It changes things, however if we never forget that the Author is at work and has the gloriously-unfolding plotline all under control.

The fact that He has given us a written copy of the story's ending in the Bible helps too.  But concerning the end of our personal part in the story, I think the song says it so well:
We were made to run through fields of forever
Singing songs to our Savior and King
So let us remember this life we’re living
Is just the beginning of the beginning


Call me a sentimentalist, but it does a heart good to hear the classic, "...and they lived happily ever after", awaiting us.

If life's a glorious unfolding, then what could be more appropriate than a challenge to live it out?


Live YOUR adventure!
-E.L. Fletcher