"And He said to them, "To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables" Mark 4:11
Children love stories. Just the other day I told Nate a story about a day long, long ago about a little girl I once was. I used my most dramatic facial expressions and waving of my arms and hands to really capture his attention. I had him locked in on the details so much so that each time I finished he immediately ask me to, "Tell it again, Bo."
I love to tell stories and watch as his eyes glaze over, knowing he has grasped my hand and traveled back with me in his imagination to a time when I was small and learning all about life. I loved to hear my parents and grandparents relive their childhood memories. I cannot wait until I get to witness this in my precious granddaughter's eyes one day soon.
I believe even grown-ups love stories too, I know I do. They touch our hearts in ways that movies or even books cannot. They teach us lessons that are memorable, a fact that's especially true of the stories God tells in His Book. When the memories of our family and loved ones are shared it makes it that much more real to us. The lives of the men and women in the Bible are preserved, treasured and stored up on purpose for us to find as we examine their stories.
God's stories are about the ways in which He takes ordinary people and turns them into extraordinary beings. Jacob, Abraham, Sarah, and Noah to name just a few. There are no self-made men or women. We are all God's workmanship.
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Eph. 2:10)
Let us eagerly open God's Word and get lost in our imagination in a time long ago where our biblical ancestors lived and learn from them, gaining wisdom and hope from their stories.
"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." (Rom. 15:4)
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, Thank You for Your Word that teaches and advises us with each story. I pray that with each testimony we read we would be touched in a way that will change us for Your good. May the comfort of Your love always instill hope in us as we walk our path. In Jesus' name. Amen.