Our stories are powerful.  They give us a voice, offer us hope, and show the world as we wish it would be.  Most of our stories do not reference the God of the Bible, and may even seem opposed to Him.  But He’s there, in the midst of our tales, waiting for us to come back to Him. **Since this is a story based blog, the posts are in chronological order, which is different than most blogs.**

Stories: Once Upon a Time…

Stories resound within us – they strike a chord within our very heartstrings, filling us to the brim.  Sometimes they fill us with yearning; other times, with fear.  We feel that good should win with such intensity that our hearts ache.  Yet even when good does win, there’s a small part of us that is sadly cynical – because things aren’t like that in “real life.”

But why can’t they be?  Well, there’s a Story for that, too.  It is the First Story, the original, if you will; and all our tales are pale reflections of this Story…

The Waiting Gap

We know the Lover and Beloved will be reunited.  We know that one day we’ll be in a place with no more tears, no more death, and no more pain.  The former things will have passed away, and all things will be made new (Rev. 21:4-5).  We don’t need to be troubled – we know He’s coming back.

We know this…yet we’ve grown weary of waiting.  We’re weary of the diagnosis being terminal, and watching our loved ones fade away.  We’re weary of reading of plane crashes and terrorist attacks in the news.  We’re weary of seeing our local youth succumb to Hopelessness and Despair, taking their own lives because they feel there’s no other way…

The Nature of our Stories

I have a rather fanciful view of how stories come to us. I imagine the stories roaming the earth on the wind, seeking a heart with ears to hear their whisper.  When they find that heart, they break their silence, and pour out the story they’ve kept hidden for centuries.  Sometimes they speak a song or symphony, other times a poem or novel.  The storyteller has but to listen, and he or she will be swept away into the tale’s river-like flow.

That is the work of the Spirit of God – for do you really think He left once the Word came forth?  Of course not.  His mission is to go before and behind the Word – Jesus Christ – and bring everything back to God…

Christ in our Stories

In the antediluvian world, the Truth of God quickly diverged into myriads of myths and legends.  Our stories spoke of great heroes, usually the sons of gods, who were given virtually impossible tasks to overcome. These stories did not seek God, but seem to spit in His face with their unbelief. 

But He is not far from each one of us, no matter the state of our heart.  God determined and appointed these stories so we might seek Him.  Israel knew what to look for in the Messiah, as God had chosen them as His Own.  The gentiles, however, had chosen to “exchange the truth for a lie.”  In His mercy, God allowed their stories to presage His Son so that when He came, they would recognize Him…