Inspired by the Big Bang Theory and facilitated by Sky Movies, I have started to watch Star Wars from episode 1. Although I have previously seen them all in the order they were produced, I had not anticipated how difficult it would be to start at the beginning of the story. You start, at least you do if you are my age – by knowing another beginning – episode 4. So as you watch episde one you know how the characters develop, what they become. The future is set. You think “how can that sweet child become who he does?”
As I theologically reflect I think is this how some of us see our own lives? We know how and where we are now, we know our pasts and can sometimes think the future is set.
Living as a chef in London at 22 working in one of the top hotels in the country, I knew my past and in comparison to what could have been, this was something of an achievement. But I was restless and not sure if this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life but was heId back by past episodes in my life and thought the future was mapped for a struggle of carrying unwanted baggage. My twenty two year old self would never imagined I would become an ordained Anglican priest working as a children’s hospital chaplain – I avoided going the way of Anakin!
Within in our faith story we also know our beginnings, middle and end. These are the episodes we know out of order, what Jesus was, accomplished and promises for our ultimate future. This is where our security is, not a restrictive pre-written script, but a storyline we can live by for a life in all its fullness.