We all have a story and we love to hear stories. When I was a child, I loved listening to stories of long ago as my grandmother told it – weaving life into gold. It allowed me to see glimpses of the fleeting moments of her metamorphosis from young girl to the wise and wrinkled on the pages of her story.
Stories were everywhere. I’d go next door and listen to old neighborhood men resting on porch rockers, whittling figures from dead wood, spinning yarns of what could’ve been . . . if only . . .
Then, in school I’d hear historical tales of the founding heroes who walked this earth with feet of clay and wonder why their story wasn’t perfect. Once I read the Bible, I found the flawed and fallible hidden between the covers.
There’s something about taking time from the world to visit yourself and hear what you’re about. The sacred place where we recognize holy moments while looking at our life from an aerial view . . . through God’s eyes.
We can dissect our life experiences to discover what and Who reigned. But, in spite of it all, He has our timeline covered, not only from birth to final breath and ever after, but since the foundations of the world.
The God-Author of non-fiction has handwritten our story. He designed us to do life. Our choice is to decide whether to thrive or merely survive throughout the chapters. If we simply go through daily motions on a pretend journey in a land of what we wish, we’ll never discover who He is, or who we are and were meant to be.
Everyone has a story whether it’s written in our journal or a historical book. We’re all living to walk this life by trial and error. And the amazing part is there is One who can still redeem our history.
So, how do we change the story we wish were re-written? Review the chapters that end in defeat and believe for a victorious sequel. We can believe the Word of God and begin right on the step we’re on – the next one. It can take us to a new place no matter where we’ve visited, or how long we stayed.
I’ve lived life long, and have met many who’ve shown there is a great story wrapped inside the one standing right in front of us. We simply need to take the time to listen and realize that sometimes it means listening between the words.
What’s your story?