Monday, May 17, 2010

Heard A Good Story Lately?

Upon occasion when Tom and I travel we have listened to an audio book to help pass the time. It is a great way to enjoy a story as it is often read aloud by the author himself. Hearing the story read from the one who wrote the book gives the words greater meaning and passion.

As we travel Route 66 we are reading God's story for ourselves, but have you considered the story He is writing each day in your own life? He not only reads His Word to us, but He is writing the pages of our testimony through the struggles and victories we face along the way. It is as if God gives us His book and then reads it aloud to us each morning when our feet touch the floor of a new day.

He is our ever present help connecting our story to His grand story found in His Word. This brings context to the written Word when The Word who became flesh and dwelt among us brings the Truth to bear in how we interpret our story.

Every good story has tension, trouble and heartache. This is what gives the story interest. If we quit reading the book when it got to this part, we would be left with despair. This is why we must keep reading to find out the end of the story. What was the purpose of the trouble? Certainly the author will bring an answer - eventually. Or maybe the author chooses to leave some things unanswered. If he does, at the very least the story will conclude in a satisfying way.

It helps to remember that God is writing our story - His story - in our lives. Everything we face, the trouble and the difficulty, has a purpose. We must embrace faith in the Author of our faith, because His Word declares He is not only the Author, but the Finisher of our faith as well! What good news!

"He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ!"

Now that's a story I can sink my teeth into!