Everybody has a story.
There was a freshman girl who went out for the high school soccer team. She had never played a bit of soccer before in her life.
‘Why did she even try out for the team? You could see that she didn’t have the skill level of the other girls on the team.’
Her story: for a good portion of her childhood, she lived for 6 months in Europe, and then 6 months in the United States each year. Her family traveled with her dad’s job, so that the family could be together, and have the opportunity to experience life overseas. In high school, she decided to try out for the soccer team because she had always wanted to play soccer, but was never in one spot for an entire season.
What courage that girl had! And confidence! She was a positive presence – whether on the bench or on the field. And she worked so hard! She made the team – she wasn’t a starter – but she was able to play, and did pretty well out on the field.
I think that happens quite often – we form an opinion about someone based on just part of what we see. Then we get a chance to talk to the person, and hear their story. And we are instantly humbled.
The more people we meet, and stories we hear, and experiences we have, the more we understand.
My story: I was created by God, given my family – and placed in this part of the world. Put together differently than anyone else in the entire world. For a purpose that is unique to me. Not to compare myself to someone else and think too highly – or too poorly – of myself.
I will have a story that is like no one else’s. I agree with David, who wrote in Psalms 139:13-14:
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.
I am grateful that God is a huge part of my story.
God has a story. It is an amazing story: one of love, of holiness, of perfection.
Of forgiveness. Of hope. Of sending His Son to die for us so that we can be reunited with Him in heaven.
And above all, of love.
The more I learn of His story, the more I understand. The more I am in awe of Him. I love the way His story weaves through the lives of ordinary people in the Bible, who have the honor of becoming a part of His story. We can learn much from this!
God’s story, from the very beginning, points to the redeeming work of Jesus on the cross. That moment when Jesus made it possible for us all to be a lasting part of God’s story.
We want to share God’s story with our kids here at Messiah – the story of Jesus. It is a story woven through the Old Testament which points to Jesus, and through the New Testament, which shows us who Jesus is.
We hope that your children will join us for ‘The Story for Kids’ on April 9th & 10th. The more they know about God’s story, the more fully they will understand, and ‘grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ’ for them. (Ephesians 3:18)
Renee Borgmann is Messiah’s Director of Children’s Ministry. On this blog she writes and reflects about Bible lessons that the children of Messiah learn throughout the year.