Once upon a time there lived a young man named Pete. One day as he was sitting in front of the computer in his office cubicle, he became totally depressed by how boring and unfulfilling his life was. As he got up to leave for a mind-numbing meeting, he happened to notice a strange figure from the corner of his eye. As he turned his head in the direction of the figure it vanished. Pete felt that his melancholy state of mind was causing him to see things that weren’t really there.
But as the day progressed he kept seeing someone observing him from the corner of his eye. Finally, just before he was about to call it a day, he looked to his side and saw a beautiful angel sitting nearby. She was watching Pete intensely while eating from a large bag of buttered popcorn.
“Who are you?” Asked Pete.
“Just an angel sent from heaven,” she replied. “I am observing your life.”
“But my life is so boring,” answered Pete.
“Far from it,” came the angel. “Your life makes for great cinema. Angels can see the real drama of your life as it plays out in your spirit—that is, in your heart and mind. The big screen I look at is between your ears. All the thoughts and feelings in your brain’s neurons are like pixels for us angels.” As the angel put another handful of popcorn into her mouth she said, “I can assure you that the dynamics of your inner reality contain all the elements of a great movie drama.”
“What do you mean?” questioned Pete.
“Every movie has a plot in which the main character seeks some goal and must overcome opposition to obtain that goal. While you look like an ordinary office worker from the outside, inside you have several schemes in play to undermine the competition in your company to get that corner office and a management title. Success would also make you more appealing to members of the opposite sex. What you call subtext, we angels see as a big screen movie blockbuster,” said the beautiful angelic creature.
Why are you telling me this?” enquired Pete.
“Humans who seek the Lord God’s heavenly kingdom have tickets to this inner cinema where they get a front row seat to what is being played out deep within their lives. Unfortunately, most contemporary humans have lost interest in these theaters of the soul and direct their hearts and minds outwards, only to worldly goals,” said the angel as she removed a small piece of corn from between her teeth.
“So what?” returned Pete.
“We angels act as the script editors of your spiritual screenplay. We attempt to revise the goals that drive the action and drama of your inner life. But if you are not aware that there is a more important and dramatic movie that plays out inside your physical actions, we can’t help you improve the script. You have to be made aware of this inner screenplay so that you can see how badly it sucks,” said the angel with all seriousness.
The angel then pulled out her copy of the Bible. “Do you know why many people find this sacred writing so boring? Because they no longer grasp that within its narratives a deeper, more profound and dramatic script exists. Here, take these special glasses—they will allow you to see new dimensions of God’s Holy Word.”
Pete was blown away by what he saw with his special movie glasses.