For some reason I have re-stumbled on the dramatic audio series Left Behind.
You might recall the original series of books from 1995 to 2003. I never managed to finish the series but the publisher, Tyndale house, also made a dramatic audio series. Think of an old-time radio series. Just on the merits of the craft of theater of the mind, it is highly enjoyable.
Some of it strikes me as hilarious, of course. It is funny to hear references to video tapes and land lines and "small portable computers" that are the equivalent of our cell phones now, things of technology 20 plus years ago that have been wildly outpaced by actual events. Listening to it now is a great deal like watching a movie from the 1980's: recognized technologies, model of cars, and hairdos that identify a place and time.
But why, I wonder, do I find myself redrawn to this now?
It is not a secret that I have been struggling with my faith over the last year - not so much my belief in God as my relationship with church and really, my relationship with Christianity in the actual world. Given this, I am trying to find my way the best I can. I am trying to find it through more Bible reading, more prayer - and thinking about any other way I can to find a renewed sense of purpose with God.
I am not saying specifically that somehow a radio drama from 20 years ago is God specifically speaking to me, or even that I am supposed to pull things from it. But I do find it...funny...that something like this would come up precisely at this time.