movietheatreCan you imagine if your life was laid out on a movie screen for you?  What if you were the only person to see it…  What would that be like?  Personally I would love to watch the story of my life unfold on the big screen.  There would be some great moments that I would be incredibly proud of, and there would be moments that I would laugh so hard at.  There would be times when my stunt double would have to be Johnny Knoxville.  That was mostly during the high school and college days… I would love to watch that again.

but…

Then there are the times when the music slows down, and the movie takes a significant shift towards the difficult moments in life.  Those moments that are filled with tears and heart ache.  I’m not so sure I would want to watch those moments.  Or what about all of those moments that I would be incredibly embarrassed to watch, those stupid decisions, stupid moments in life.  Believe me, there are plenty of moments like that in my life too.

What do you think that you would notice about your life so far?  What things would stand out to you?

Here are three things that I think we would notice…

1.  We would see that God is for us.  Too often we get into ruts in our lives when we ask the question, “where is God?” or “If God is good, how can He allow something like this to happen to me?”  It is so easy to get turned sideways and loose our bearing.  We can begin to believe that God is actually against us and that somehow because of what I’ve done, my actions made Him stop loving me.  This is such a temptation when everything is going wrong.  Stepping back would allow us to see that God is for us, not against us.  In fact, He has been working from the beginning of time to bring us to Himself.

2.  We would see themes.  When you are in the thick of something, it takes a lot of hard work to realize that what you are going through is very similar to what you have been going through last month, or last year.  Often the circumstances will change, but what we are learning tends to stay the same.  Stepping back and looking through the course of your life allows you to see themes.  It lets you see some of the ways that God has been teaching you.  In your 20’s He taught you _________.  In your 30’s He taught you ___________.

3.  We would see God’s presence more abundantly.  There are times in life when God feels incredibly close.  We love these moments, we write blog posts about them, books are written, and these are celebrated.  Yet, on the flip side of the coin, there are times when God feels incredibly far away.  The questions about God His love for humanity come out during these moments.  In so many situations we are unaware, or unresponsive to the fact that God is fully present in our situation.  Stepping back, and seeing the big picture would allow us to say, “Whoa, I didn’t know you were there for that!”

So what do you think?  What would it be like to see your life on the big screen?

~Peter