March 30, 2018
My Favorite Story
Does your child have a favorite story that they request over and over? Our granddaughter was about four years old at the time when she begged for a particular story to be told and told again.
A famous author did not write the story, but instead, it’s a story that she feels in the depths of her soul. It was a story that would make her smile and bring such peace and contentment. Oh, and you better not skip any details because she would stop you and remind you of the part that you missed.
We called her story collection, Her Rescue Stories. She would wiggle down into a comfortable position and ask in anticipation, “Tell me the story of when Papa rescued me?”
The plot of the story went something like this. She was living life, but she was unaware of the danger that lurked. The potential peril she faced included falling from the monkey bars, tripping over an obstacle, or falling off the curb. The climax of the story involved her Papa swooping down to catch her preventing a certain demise. We retold the story with different settings and rescuers including my husband Forrest, affectionately called Pop, or her daddy. She never tired of the stories.
This Sunday is Resurrection Sunday, known to the world as Easter. This Sunday, I will listen to the account of Jesus’ betrayal, death, and resurrection. I will sing hymns and songs that recount the event. I will watch movies that present the details in dramatic form. I will read God’s Word and immerse myself in each setting as the story unfolds.
Tears well up in my eyes as my soul relives my bondage to the self-serving servitude of my existence and the dark distance I felt between my Creator and me. I recall the ache of my soul because in my mind, evil did not make sense. Greif? Despair? Success? Failure? Did any of it matter to my human experience, I lamented? What is my breath for? Why and who allows me to breathe in and out in such a disjointed state and could the whisperings of ancient words be true? Did the words in the Bible answer my most profound questions about the world that I live in?
I remember the moment the stone rolled away from my crusted heart encased in the cement of selfish sin and glorious light burst forth. Like a newborn baby, my first breath, when I said, yes Lord, squeezed through and expanded in the center of my chest to a new life of freedom in Christ.
Today, I walk with Jesus. We walk hand in hand. Sometimes we walk to dark places, sometimes to green meadows, sometimes to valleys laden with seemingly unscalable obstacles, and sometimes to the top of the world where I get to discover a new view.
There is always work to do, and I’m glad I get asked to help. Like a young child, I can make more of a mess of things. Despite my feeble actions, I sense God’s pleasure in me, not for the work accomplished but because I’m His child that is by His side. Jesus makes a safe place for me to cry when I don’t understand, when I need to be corrected, or disciplined for my foolish pride.
Oh, my heart overflows for what Jesus has done for me!
This weekend, I, like my granddaughter will wiggle into my church chair to get comfortable and beg to hear one more time, about how God rescued me. “Please tell me the story again about how God loved the whole world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him won’t perish but have everlasting life, a life that is abundant flowing with joy, ” I will say with anticipation, “and please don’t leave out any of the detais.”
Happy Resurrection Day!
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No one likes to fail. It’s not what anyone sets out to do, not even your young writer.
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