It started when I was a kid. Vivid memories of cuddling on my sister’s lap reading “The Monster at the End of This Book” run across the movie screen of my mind. I recall sitting on the edge of the bed, wondering what would happen to Laura on the banks of Plum Creek. I remember lying on my grandmother’s arm, listening to how life had been, raising kids in a coal camp. Butterflies would fill my stomach every time I heard the part of the story where Joseph decided to take Mary to a stable right before baby Jesus was born.
I truly believe the love of a good story is built right into our hearts.
Did you know that 75% of the Bible is written in story form?
Why? Because our Creator knew we are drawn in by a good plot. Don’t get me wrong when you hear me say “story”. The Bible is all FACT. These are REAL accounts of TRUE events. I seriously believe that real life, first-hand accounts create the best stories. Who doesn’t inwardly (and if you are me - outwardly) cheer after hearing about how the underdog won the fight? Who doesn’t rejoice when certain death is adverted and healing takes place? My all-time favorite...Who doesn’t cry when a terrible life or choice is redeemed and made into something of beauty? If you are honest, the answer is everyone. God knew that.
That’s why he put a longing in your soul for a good story – His story.
Most of you reading this know THE story - the rescue story where Adam and Eve’s sin separated us from our Father and our Father made a plan. You know how God sent His one and only Son to bring us back to Him.
But do you realize you are LIVING thestory?
This past month our ladies have been focused on sharing their stories of redemption. In beautiful ways, women got up at our ladies’ retreat and shared their personal narrative of how they came to know Christ. They talked of doubts and fears, of sin, of joy, and of measureless love. We were drawn in by the details of their lives and of their love for God. The momentum of the weekend has poured over into our Wednesday night ladies' class. We are learning more about one another and because of that loving one another more. We are also learning a great deal about God and His love. There is something so powerful about hearing how God rescues His children over and over.
Today I was hit by something (probably not a thought of my own, but one from the Comforter Himself). These are good stories – but that is not what makes them so powerful, so convicting, so life-changing.
You see, at the heart of these good stories there is a Good, Good Father.
And really His voice is saying the same things in ALL of our stories: “I love YOU. I love you enough to leave Heaven to save you. I love you enough to die just for you. I love you enough to NEVER leave you. I love you enough to never leave you as you are. I love YOU and I will use any voice, any narrative, anybody to tell you this is so.”