I don’t know how to answer the question, “what is it about?” with regard to films and books, without having to tell the whole story. Stories are multi-dimensional and multi-faceted. There is a lot to learn from stories, and if a story was truly about one thing, then it would cease to be a story. But perhaps sometimes, I’d give a general answer; like I would say that the Bible is a story about redeeming grace and the God’s salvation of mankind.However, you would miss out on important stories there in if I did not tell you some stories within the big story. Like I would have to tell the story of creation for you to understand why salvation is necessary. And I would have to tell you the stories of men in the Bible, for you to understand the concept of grace, I would have to tell you the story of Jesus and link it to many other stories in the Bible, then perhaps I would have partly answered the question, “What is it about?”
The same thing applies to life. I’m a strong believer in the fact that life plays out like a story: a written story for that matter. There is a reason God had to avail His Word to us in the form of written words and not a video for instance. There is a way that written words activate your brain to decipher a message uniquely from person to person. God must have wanted us to have a personal experience in reading His word. So, by asking, “what is it about?” we miss out on the personal experience, and interpretation of what we would have read. This morning I read a status that was discouraging the complete reliance in devotionals for Bible study; and I found a lot of truth in what the writer was saying. If we rely entirely on another person’s interpretation then we miss out on relating to something in a personal aspect; then applying a concept to our own lives becomes difficult.
I encourage us all to pursue knowledge, to have a thirst for stories and to find our place in those stories. Then, probably, we could come together and give our different perspectives and experiences with the same story.