Oh, you have one. Even if you don’t think so, you do.
And everyone’s story matters.
This being Holy Week, I think it’s a good time to think about story. Jesus knew that in story, folks can find truth. Throughout His ministry, Jesus could have hollered and begged and stood on pedestals and wiped the sweat from His brow and spittle from his chin trying to get His message across. He could’ve just spelled out what folks need to hear using plain language.
And sometimes He did.
But in His most impactful moments, Jesus chose to tell stories. Scenes and scenarios, metaphors and similes, memorable imagery.
I think, because Jesus knew humans remember best a good story.
Truth presented through adventure.
Not just preachy words, but a portrait . . . a watercolored tapestry where the colors of hope and admonishment blend imperceptibly and seep into the recesses of our hearts.
I’m a writer by nature, so I love to tell stories. For a long time, I told them through memoir and truth. More recently, I’m telling them through fiction.
I thought it would be harder to tell the truth through fiction, but in fact (for me), the opposite is true. Fiction writing–storytelling–offers ways to unleash truth and hope in ways limited only by the imagination. Storytelling offers tastes of truth in ways which appeal to all sorts of palates. Even the bittersweet can be penned into song through the power of a great story.
Yes, you have a story.
And your story is an adventure.
All stories are.
This week, I’m grateful for story.
For the power of the Easter story.
For the power . . .
. . . the adventure . . .
of Easter truth.
May you find your story this week, especially, and always, as the Risen Christ offers to roll the stone from your heart and blow the dust off the redeemed and noteworthy pages of your life.
“Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe . . . “