My husband & I joined the masses this weekend to see The Hunger Games on the big screen. I read the trilogy last week while traveling, but my husband has not--so our experience in the theater was a bit different.
I was anxious to see it all come to life, while he just wanted to see what all the hype was about. We both really enjoyed the film, but I left feeling grateful I had taken the time to read the novel before watching it. Not because the film didn't honor the book, but because the proper context made for a much better understanding of the complexities of what was going on in the fast-paced story.
I spent a few minutes in the car prepping my man, but there were still multiple times during the film where I found myself leaning over to whisper something important that had been skipped. Our car ride home was spent with me filling in the gaps in the back story and more fully explaining the characters' motivations and the social commentary. Each revelation made the story more enjoyable for him.
This afternoon I was thinking about the metaphor this offers as we walk through the drama of life. Will we read The Book for context and perspective or will we simply sit in the audience of life taking things as they are offered (and grateful for any clarifying comments from our neighbors)?
Reading The Book of Life doesn't spoil the story. It offers us background, characters studies and a sense of the greater plot. We get to know the Author through His Words. His character is revealed through the stories He chooses to tell. While the things on the (metaphorical) screen may still frighten, thrill or touch us--they don't entirely catch us by surprise because we had some sense they were coming...and we know where they are heading.
The foundation of Truth as found in the Bible can make all the difference in whether our life experience is merely entertaining or meaningful. We gain a respect for the author and a sense of what He is about. Having read The Book in advance brings guidance, comfort, knowledge and peace.
I don't know about you, but it was a great reminder to me for my daily life...to always read The Book first.