“There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see, hear, eat, or smell.  But from there, you will search for the Lord your God, and you will find Him when you seek Him with all your heart and all your soul.” ~ Deuteronomy 4:28, 29

The stories we tell reveal our longings and desires, our hopes and fears.  They give us a voice when we feel we have none.  Our stories reflect us…and if that is where we leave them, they will surely be turned to “man-made gods,” which, in the end, do nothing for us. 

But what if we turn it around?  What if we begin seeking God in the midst of our stories “with all our heart and all our soul”?  What will the stories we tell reveal then? 

My belief, my audacious claim, is that every story points to our longing for Jesus Christ.  

Granted, that is a statement of faith – an audacious claim.  I cannot claim to know every story, nor can I claim to be an expert on any one story.  But I know One who is, and I’m confident He’s in the process of redeeming ALL stories, no matter how sordid. 

For that is the power of the Gospel: a God who specializes in redemption that seems impossible.  A God who sees all the awful circumstances in the world, and turns them into irreplaceable blessings.  A God who shines through, despite rampant Sin.  A God who reaches down and brings every story back to Himself.

We simply need to have the faith to seek Him…


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