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The God Story

By Jacob Armstrong, Providence Church

I remember a conversation I had with my dad when I was eight or nine years old. We were sitting on our front porch in old wood rocking chairs. It’s an interesting memory for me because I have very few of the front porch; it wasn’t a common place for us to spend our time. But on this day it was just me and Dad on the front porch. I had been trying to find the courage to tell my dad something that I thought he would tell me was foolish or childish. On the front porch that day, I mustered up the courage to tell him something that I thought made me weird, something I would never have told my friends. I figured he could tell me how to stop, how to grow up.

“Dad, I feel like my life is a movie or a great story. I pretend. A lot. I pretend that I am the hero of my story and there are bad guys and good guys, and I fight for the good side, of course. Even at school or Cub Scouts or wherever, I’m pretending it is part of my adventure, my story, of which I am the star.”

I didn’t tell him anything about my thoughts of damsels in distress, or my deep fear of the enemy. I didn’t tell him everything. I told him a little and waited for him to reason with me. I waited for him to share logic with me to help me get out of my fairy tale.

Staring out into the field across from our house, never looking at me, my dad replied, “Yeah, me too.”

G.K. Chesterton said, “I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller.”

My dad’s affirmation that day would grow into my belief today that I am indeed a part of a greater story, a story with good guys and bad guys, adventure and romance, intrigue and suspense.

I am a part of the God Story and you are too.

It can be easy to look at the Bible as a haphazard collection of sixty-six books from different eras, with different authors, written with different intents.

It can equally be easy to see our fragmented lives as a haphazard collection of events with little to nothing holding it all together.

Neither one of these vantage points is accurate. You are a part of the greatest story, God’s story.

This Sunday churches all over our community will be telling the best part of the best story. The story of what God has done to include us in His story.

We would love to have you at Providence Church on Sunday at 7, 8, 9:15, or 10:45.

If there is something in you that says where you are right now is not how the story is supposed to end…if your heart tells you there is something more to your life than what you can see right now, then I invite you to hear the Easter story. It’s for you.

 

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