She was a graduate of Mississippi College, speaking in Chapel, testifying and telling her Life Story. She likened her Life Story to a Portrait on a Canvas. With a flare for words she weaved a story that portrayed each of us as being given a Life Canvas, a set of brushes, colored pens and colored pencils. I thought about her the other day and...
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wondered about her and her Life Story! And I thought about myself and my Life Story.
We like stories that have Happy Endings. Whether the story is in a Book or a Movie or Real Life, We like stories with Happy Endings. Cinderella marries Prince Charming – And They Live Happily Ever After! The Maiden kisses the frog and the frog becomes a Prince – And They Live Happily Ever After! We LIKE stories that have Happy Endings.
We dislike stories with Unhappy Endings. Whether the story is in a Book or a Movie or Real Life, We dislike stories with Sad Endings. We all understand, however, that Life and its Stories don’t always have Happy Endings. Years ago, the American public demanded that, I believe it was F. Scott Fitzgerald, the American public demanded that he change the Unhappy Ending of one of his novels. He refused! The public protest eventually abated because Life and its Stories don’t always have Happy Endings. That’s part of life.
We DISTAIN stories that have Unjust Endings -- Especially if we are the recipient of the injustice. We don’t like living in a world filled with injustice; but, we do! And we know that some stories have Unjust Endings.
Because the Human Story is FLAWED and MARRED and filled with Disappointing Stories with Unhappy Endings and Devastating Stories with Unjust Endings, we often DESENSITIZE ourselves to the Pain that is associated with and accompanies Life in a Fallen Universe. We either See with Dull Eyes, Shut our Eyes temporarily or Walk through Life with Blind Eyes. Jesus pointed out this Human Dilemma on more than one occasion -- Seeing, they do not see; Hearing, they do not hear!
Which brings me back to the young graduate speaking in Chapel, who likened her Life Story to a Portrait on a Canvas. She concluded by saying, “I’m painting a beautiful painting and in the end, it will be a thing of great beauty! And I refuse, I simply refuse, to allow anyone or anything to mess with my painting!”
As my wife and I left Chapel that day I remember saying, “I understand her sentiments! She gave an encouraging testimony; but, she hasn’t lived long enough or she just doesn’t see the darker side of life that intrudes!”