Finding Hope in Sad Stories
I’ve always been fascinated by stories. Whether on the page or on the screen, I’ve often been engrossed not only in them, but also (particularly with TV shows and movies) in how they are made. I’m the person who likes to watch the bonus features on DVDs and learn about the “making of” a project, to find out what inspired a tale and how it was brought to life. Unless they’re sad – I tend to avoid those tales and “in-depth” looks. They can cling to my mind, linger in my heart, and leave a lingering heaviness. I have to guard my heart and my mind after all.
Yet Ecclesiastes talks about times of sadness and war. The biblical narrative does not shy away from seasons of mourning, from people who are sad and experiencing hard things. There are seasons to our lives – but the season is not to last forever for often (and perhaps I’m not seeing the “always” yet) there is hope, hope of redemption and mercy and grace and better days ahead.
Which is why I will sometimes decide to watch a show such as Broadchurch that shows dark and light, despair and hope, evil and goodness, failures and redemptions*. Because that is what life is like on this spinning orb – it’s made up of both for this time, for this season. And so far this story (I have three of eight episodes left to watch) illustrates the hope in despair, the desire for redemption, the need to make something right. Not always or by everyone, mind you, and it hurts – but it is also true to life.
And in life may you and I always hold onto hope.
“. . . we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls . . .” –Hebrews 6: 18c-19a (NLT)
^Photo Credit: Michael Rammell ©2013 (Flickr via Creative Commons) *If it can do so without things I definitely do not need to see in terms of violence and the like because I honestly do have to guard my heart and my mind.