Great stories often rely on action that happens off screen. You get glimpses here and there. Flashes of narrative light.
The Gospels are like this. Mark moves immediately from story-pearl to story-pearl. Luke lobs parables like tennis balls from a machine. Matthew shifts from sermon to sermon, John from sign to sign. If they blogged the life of Jesus, the gospel-writers would always carry this disclaimer (Jn 21:25):
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.I feel like those words reverberate around our ministry here in South Florida. If I tried to write every God-sighting and God-lesson down, I'd never stop writing. The whole internet couldn't contain the sentences that would fill this blog.
Here's the best bit of writing that happened "off screen" this month: