I spent the day yesterday traveling to San Francisco to take my daughter to a specialist. We stopped at a great little deli on 16th Street called Ike’s Place. (That's their sandwich photo to the left.) They have about a thousand sandwich combos to choose from. Okay, maybe not a thousand, but a lot. And with really interesting names that all sound like they could have stories behind them.
I love stories. True stories. As my daughter, her boyfriend, and I sat there at a small table on the sidewalk, I did a little people watching. I promise I didn’t gawk. But as I glanced around, I wondered about the stories behind the others sharing the sidewalk and eating their sandwiches in front of Ike’s.
I’ve been thinking a lot about stories lately—especially as I revisit those I told in my books. I was just rereading one today while working on a study resource to go with the series. In my reflective mood I thought about stories generally—other real ones, like mine and like yours.
- Our personal stories are always dynamic, always going somewhere.
- One day of our story has context—huge context. Though we live the day in the present, it is unmistakably part of a past and a future. (And one beyond our imagining--Psalm 139, Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 3:20.)
- As much as our life sometimes seems entirely out of our control, it can be in God’s loving and capable hands.
- Our stories, however, are also made up of the many choices we make.
- And we can choose to live free--John 8:36!
(Tempting, but I won't get corny and try to relate that to a sandwich.)
Anyway, how’s your story going these days?
author of the Live Free series, Standard Publishing
true stories, true hope
for teens, young adults,
and those who care about them.