The Big Story

6 11 2009

Hey guys,

Hope you are having a wonderful day.  I’m starting to get around to visit campuses and check in with people.  Its one of my favorite parts of my job, because not only do I get to eat a lot of meals out on WYM, but it also gives me a chance to step into your lives and see and hear about your struggles and joys.  So if you haven’t gotten an email from me about a free meal on WYM, you probably will soon.

I was at a conference this last week and I purchased a children’s picture bible because I had heard that it was really good.  It’s called The Jesus Storybook Bible; Every Story Whispers His Name.  Ok, so I realize this may sound a little odd but…I’ve been reading this little storybook bible before I go to bed each night.  Yes, cheesy…I’m aware of this, but it is such a precious reminder of what God’s word, God’s story, is all about.  In the first chapter it gives a wonderful intro into the bible and I wanted to share it with you.

Bear with me and become a little child-like for a moment…remember what it’s all about?

The Story and The Song

God wrote, “I love” – he wrote it in the sky, and on the earth, and under the sea.  He wrote his message everywhere!  Because God created everything in his world to reflect him like a mirror – to show us what he is like, to help us know him, to make our hearts sing.

The way a kitten chases her tail.  The way red poppies grow wild.  The way a dolphin swims.

And God put it into words, too, and wrote it in a book called “the Bible.”

Now, some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn’t do.  The Bible certainly does have some rules in it.  They show you how life works best.  But the Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing.  It’s about God and what he has done.

Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy.  The Bible does have some heroes in it, but most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all.  They make big mistakes (sometimes on purpose).  They get afraid and run away.  At times they are downright mean.

No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes.  The Bible is most of all a Story.  It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure.  It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne – everything – to rescue the one he loves.  It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!

You see, the best thing about this Story is – it’s true.

There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling the one Big Story.  The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.

It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story.  And at the center of the Story, there is a baby.  Every Story in the Bible whispers his name.  He is like the missing piece in a puzzle – the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.

And this is no ordinary baby.  This is the Child upon whom everything would depend.  This is the Child who would one day – but wait.  Our Story starts where all good stories start.  Right at the very beginning…

Remember that Story?

Spend time reading the Story.  See how much God loves you.  See the impact of His love.  See the grace and love and redemption He sent in His Son.  Like a young Hero who has come from a far country to win back his lost treasure, He has written a great Story which you are a part of.  A real-life fairy tale.  There’s conflict and pain in every story, that’s what makes a story compelling, that’s what makes a character change.  And because God loves His creation so much, He gave us a way to be rescued from that conflict and pain in our story, a way to finally be in His presence for eternity without pain…His only Son.  That’s the Big Story.

Remember that Story?

Praying for you!

To the King!

Katy

Plan on coming to Alabama with us this January!  Don’t forget!

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