There are many definitions for the word ‘story.’ The Oxford Dictionary states it is ‘an account of past events in someone’s life’; whilst the Cambridge Dictionary states it is ‘a description of a connected series of events.’
Stories can be real or imagined. They all have a beginning (introduction), middle (build up to a problem) and an end (solution). Our lives are real stories; stories of fear, faith, laughter, sadness, sickness, empowerment, wisdom, anxiety, compassion, love, tears and warmth. I am sure you can add more to my limited list. Some of us are in the beginning stage whilst some are currently going through a connected series of events. Still, others are recalling their accounts of past events.
For those of us in the beginning and middle stages of our stories, should they be stories of fear, anxiety, sadness, illness or tears, hold on to God’s unchanging hands. He will safely and lovingly take you through every step of your journey. No matter how hard it may get or may seem to last forever with no solution in sight, God has promised in His word (the Bible) that: He will never abandon you (Hebrews 13:5). The waters and the rivers shall never cover you and the fire shall never destroy you … (Isaiah 43:2). Weeping may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning light (Psalms 30:5). In Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
For those of us at the end of our stories, as we recall our events, we can tell of God’s love, mercy, compassion and awesome power to deliver and set free. Some will call it luck, chance or coincidence.
And when our next story begins (as it must), I pray we will be in a position of strength to handle wisely whatever may come our way. I also pray that we will be able to recall most of our events with warmth, laughter and joy – because everyone loves a story!
Note: All scripture is paraphrased and taken from New King James Version – NKJV/Microsoft Clip Art Public Domain