- On March 10, 2015
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That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse
I took a moment to revisit an old friend today. I watched a piece of the now classic film, “Dead Poets Society.” It is probably my favorite role for Robin Williams. I came in on the scene where he is trying to inspire the boys to dream and he quotes a Whitman poem. The line, and you may contribute a verse, really got me thinking. As Christians we believe that God created us for a purpose. However, it is easy to forget that fact as we struggle, much as the person in Whitman’s poem, with everything that life can throw at us.
Eugene Peterson writes in “Living Into God’s Story” that, “The Bible is basically and overall a narrative, an immense, sprawling, capacious narrative.” He goes on to say that we are called to “live into” God’s story. We are to find our way in a meta-narrative in which we have a role.
While Walt Whitman’s poem is not based in religion, rather in some artistic self awareness, he nonetheless is spot on in his perspective if taken in the context of a creating, loving God who seeks a relationship with us. I think that power of knowing we have a part in God’s story is very compelling. This makes us more than a cog in some kind of cosmic God plan. Rather we are a person whose contribution to God’s story will ultimately bring glory to God.
I’m not sure why I needed to write this today and share it, but I did and I did so I hope in someway it helps someone see that we are greater than what we see. We are greater even than what we might see ourselves, even if what we see is important. We are cast in God’s story by God. What could be more reassuring?