W: Warwick Castle and the Adventure of Life

“What if all the great stories that have ever moved you, brought you joy or tears – what if they are telling you something about the true Story into which you were born – the Epic into which you have been cast?”

John Eldredge – Epic

 

 

As my college choir toured England, my favorite of all the tourist attractions we visited was Warwick Castle. This medieval castle still stands in wonderful condition, and is filled with wax figures of kings, knights, and ladies in waiting so visitors feel as if they have stepped through the sands of time.

Though we were all in college, and were mature young professionals, the inner child within each of us burst to the surface as we toured this medieval castle. Young men in their twenties began galloping across the courtyard on imaginary horses, and young ladies searched for scarves so they could wave them from the balcony of the stone turrets and pine away for their knight in shining armor. All of this was done in good fun, but it showed that every one of us had something in common – we all longed to be a part of an epic adventure, the kind we had read about in storybooks.

John Eldredge, author of Epic, proposes that this longing within our hearts was placed there by God as a way of drawing us to Himself. He invites us to join Him in the Greatest Adventure of all time, and this is precisely what our hearts were created for. The stories we enjoy here on earth are but a glimpse of the epic tale that God is writing.

You have a part to play in this Story. The only question is… have you accepted the role into which you’ve been cast?

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Photo Credit:  Warwick Castle by Night – Rick Marin, Public Domain

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This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).

Here at Everyday Musings, my theme for the month is Reflections from Around the World, where I’ll take a page from my personal travel journal each day and share a spiritual meditation or powerful thought that has been inspired by my travels.

For a discussion of great works of art that have gained such fame they have become The Classics, and what modern artists can learn from these works, be sure to visit my companion blog, The Artistic Christian.

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