One of the books I’m reading now (having a short attention span, I usually read several at a time) is Dave Schmelzer’s Not the Religious Type: Confessions of a Turncoat Atheist. On p. 105 Schmelzer says,
This [he’s been talking about how a person who desperately needs God is not bored with what he’s doing] does back to the hero’s journey, wouldn’t you think? Either there really is more going on around us than we think or there isn’t. And either we really have a central role to in that larger conflict or we don’t. And if it’s all true, either we say yes to that role or we turn it down and request new experiences or insights to alleviate our boredom.
That resonates on a few levels.
First, I’m continually praying for my children to experience this.
Second, it fits nicely with this Sunday’s sermon. I’ll be dealing with Mordecai’s words to Esther: “Perhaps it is for just such a time as this that you have come to be Queen.”
Finally, it makes me think of one of the other books I’m currently reading (a book much longer and slower reading than Schmelzer), Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age. Taylor describes one feature of the modern age as our propensity to see depths as inside us, not outside us in the world. Schmelzer’s sense of a bigger story that we may or may not enter is hard for us to fathom when we think all depth to life comes from inside us, either through self-exploration or self-expression. Jesus came not just do do something in the depths of my being, or to free me for self-expression. Jesus came to invite me – to invite us – to become participants in his story.