God Knows Our Stories

My husband reading Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch in our third year in Education for Ministry class.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Psalm 119:105

I don’t often reread books as there are so many that I desire to read.  I know I won’t have time to read all the books I want to in my one lifetime, but I will occasionally reread a series or a trilogy. When the hero is on his journey or is plagued with doubt or uncertainty, I will cheer the hero on, knowing how he will face what he most fears and will overcome his adversaries one by one. I know the story from beginning to end. I know what the protagonist will face, his mistakes, his weaknesses, his fears and his joys. I know the ending of the book and the “happy ending” which is in store.

So, too, does God know our story. He (or she) knows the journey we are on as we continue our lives. God knows when we are plagued with doubt or uncertainty, knows all our fears, our weaknesses, our sorrows, our joys. God knows of the “happy ending” we have in store.

We have access to great stories of faith in the Bible. As we continue to read the stories of Abraham, Sarah, Esther, Moses, Ruth or Jacob (etc.) and in this Christmas season of the story of Mary, Joseph and the birth of Christ, we know God was active and working alongside each one of them. So, too, the stories of faith continue through the ages. God is at work in our lives as well.

There are times when we are struggling in the middle of our story, and we may feel swallowed by our adversaries. We may feel alone. But God is the author of our lives. He is the Alpha and the Omega, and He knows our stories from beginning to end. He cheers us on as his heroes and heroines, despite our doubts, fears or mistakes.

God is our greatest love story.

He pursues us. We are truly known, and we are deeply loved.

Have faith.

And know God is cheering you on.  

Life is a story. What does yours say?

More Information:

Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

American Library Association

Education for Ministry

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