Every once in a while I feel like Holden Caulfield, the main character in The Catcher in the Rye. If you’ve read the book, you know he’s a self-centered, pessimistic adolescent trying to understand life and love and other mysteries. Seems like a weird comparison to make, but you’ll have to trust me. I first read the story quite a few years ago and I didn’t care for it. But time has a way of changing your mind.
“You know that place between sleep and awake? That place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”
I love these words from that incredible 90’s movie Hook. (Be honest: There was a time when you could quote it and at least one time in your life when you’ve yelled out “Bang-a-rang!”) The line above was spoken by Tinker Bell to Peter Pan. It’s enchanting, isn’t it? I’ve often wondered if Jesus says something similar to us–reminding us of what it means to live life in between.
Ever heard someone use the phrase “God showed up?” Usually it’s uttered after a powerful worship service. After the singing and the preaching, someone says, “Wow. God was there. Did you feel that?” I know I’ve said it before. But it’s one of those sayings that isn’t accurate. The longer I follow Jesus I realize that He is with me and he’s not leaving. He’s not the type that comes late to a party or “shows up” when he feels like it. He abides.
Recently I read Stephen King’s autobiography On Writing and I’ve come to an important conclusion: When I grow up I want to be like Stephen King. I should clarify. It’s not because I want to write about demon clowns or other scary stuff that makes you fall asleep with the light on. I don’t want to do that. That’s not my thing. First off, I’ve never been to Maine, and secondly, the story It has forever ruined the circus for me. (Thanks for that, Mr. King.) What I do want, however, is his work ethic. King knows how to churn it out. Book after book. Year after year. For King, success is finishing one project and getting started on the next. He knows how to keep on running.