What are your stories? During our recent trip to Oklahoma my husband and I were driving on our wedding anniversary. We were determined to make it home to New York on that day, not because of our special day but because the check engine light was on in the truck. We had some great advice from a mechanic and the prayers of many friends that we would not get stuck somewhere along the way.
We chatted a bit, turned on the radio and saw a sign. A literal sign “Rough Road Ahead, Slow Down” So the road was rough but the travel was a blessing. And that’s how our lives have been at times, so far. As we got bored of the same news story for three days and repetitive music stations we began to tell our stories to each other. It was amazing that after 38 years we still had some things to tell. It began with a simple question and ended with a wonderful truth.
As each of us spoke taking turns in remembering childhood and adolescent experiences, God’s presence at the time and in the telling became obvious. Though joy and trial of growing up those times seemingly most difficult held the image of God’s Grace. And we know that does not end, it’s a lifelong journey that we still travel toward maturity in love. WE began to remember our life together, family, work and children. Such a full and wonderful life. Mistakes are made, wrong turns confuse and engine lights warn us of impending trouble but God is here, now, loving us. Loving all of us.
There is an old children’s hymn “Tell me the stories of Jesus, I love to hear. Things I would ask him to tell me if he were here”. written by William H. Parker, specifically for Sunday School. Jesus loved to tell stories. Parables that weave simple and complicated truths about God, ourselves and relationships with both. I believe he still does. Because I believe that word ‘IF’ is a mistake. He is still here, loving us, and if we take the time to tell them, living in our stories. If you are uncertain about God’s love, tell your story, write it down, tell someone else. I pray you see God’s love in your life through the joy and the sorrow. Because He loves all of us. And that is the truth.