I’ve always been a girl who loves, books, adventures, stories, fantasies, and other worlds. Why would I want to live in reality when my make-believe worlds are much more interesting? Who would want the real world when Middle Earth, Narnia, Wonderland, and Neverland are all out there in our imaginations?
Isn’t it natural for a girl to wish for a secret door to unlock that will whisk her off to somewhere magical and teeming with adventures?
Those were my thoughts. Over time, God has started working in my heart. He began to reveal to me that I can never be content in my life if I am constantly wishing to be somewhere else. If I am continually daydreaming about living in a Jane Austen novel or in the Shire.
I am a writer and my daddy always jokingly asks me to “come back to earth.” Is it a light-hearted matter, though? Is being lost in my own thoughts a type of sin? I love imagining and, if I indulge in it too much, then the answer is yes. Absolutely, yes.
2 Corinthians 10:5 extols us to “take every thought captive to obey Christ.” I can’t do that if my mind is someplace else. I cannot serve Christ like I should if I am musing over other worlds, story lines, romances, grand adventures, and fantasies.
I need to live here. In this world. The world that God created.
Our world is full of sin, though. Our world is teeming with pain and sorrow. In our world, the “bad guys” aren’t always as easy to spot. The “bad guys” are nice. They are good-looking. They compliment us. They are likable. Nevertheless, they are going to spend an eternity away from our Heavenly Father. In fairy-tales, the bad guy doesn’t get a happy ending. In the real world, it’s exactly the same.
I have resolved to serve Christ in this world even though I know that, here on earth, there are no “happy endings.” My happy ending will be when I get to heaven. Today is just another piece of my story. The story of my life that God is writing. I already know how it will end, so now I just get to experience the excitement and the adventure of living out my story day-by-day.