I’m not the greatest storyteller. My niece and nephew have told me that several times. I mean, I write blogs and poetry and connect with youth and adults. The way the Holy Spirit moved as I was doing a poem at a church this morning, was sufficient evidence of that. It’s all God, not me. So I can’t even take credit for that aspect of it. So we are back to ground zero. I suck at telling stories.
I have a great relationship with my niece and nephews. They love me to death, as do I love them, a lot more. But the times I have tried to tell them stories before they go to sleep, they quickly interrupt me, and tell me to either change something in the story, or just stop altogether. But it’s my story so I keep on going, I just want them to understand the full extent of what the story is about. Usually halfway through, they are asleep. I think they make themselves fall asleep because they want to stop hearing my story.
I was thinking about how God is the greatest storyteller that has ever existed. He literally spoke words into motion. His words turned into people, places, and things. My words make little kids fall asleep. His stories are documented everywhere. Not only in the Bible, but even up until this day, he is still telling stories. He is the author and perfecter of our faith:
“May we run the contest that is set before us, looking to the author and perfecter of faith–Jesus…” -Hebrews 12:1-2
Yet we try to interrupt him and tell him that He’s not telling our story correctly. The God of the Universe is telling a story through us, but we are so arrogant that we think we can tell our story better. Sometimes we think we can just do it better on our own altogether, and we push him out of the way completly.
We’ve lost our place in a much greater story. Your story is only a small part of a bigger story. But even with that your story is equally as important as everybody else’s, because God is writing it. Take the bible for example, 66 books. Each book is incredible on its own, full of things that we need to know for our faith. But by itself, one book of the Bible is only a part of something much larger. That’s exactly how our lives are. We are simply a part of something greater.
I encourage you to hand over the pen and paper, and let him write your story. He is way better at it than you. I promise, with all my heart.