In the novel Pursuit, the character of Ryan Rayburn is described as relating to the pylon of a collapsed bridge, standing alone in the ocean. Like the fallen bridge, his purpose has deteriorated following the loss of his wife. He is angry at himself, the world and the Lord, yet he is faced with the opportunity to reclaim his life in one shining moment of redemption.
Initially, he sets out to prove that he can do it on his own, that there is no greater power than his own ability. Whatever he must overcome, he will overcome by his own measure. He relies on knowledge and immediate response to dictate his actions, yet when his plans fail, he finds the remnants of his hope exhausted.
At his darkest hour, he considers the example of his wife and her method of facing trials. He goes to a place of prayer, hating God, yet yielding to the idea that he alone is not in control. In that place, he finds guidance, the missing key that helps him restore what has been lost.
Though this is a large-scale tale of coming back to one’s faith and rebuilding belief, hope and love, I think it’s a journey many of us can relate to. Maybe life is not about whom we blame for losing a perfect ideal but Who we give credit to for blessing us in an imperfect world.