Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sandwich At Ike's Place

Wow. Almost let today slip by without posting. It’s just been one of those weeks!

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!
Simple statements not earthshakingly deep, but with some chewing you might find a few unique and personal layers meaningful particularly to you.

(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.


darbyscloset said...

Hi Jan,
I enjoyed your mussings while eating your sandwich! Thanks for sharing! I am trying to send an email to Sara regarding the 3G's bag giveaway and I keep getting an error message, I also cannot locate another address to try thus I am left with pestering you! Sorry!
Could you or Sara contact me and I'll share what I have done to help spread the word about this site.
Thanks so much
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Jeanette Hanscome said...

Great post, Jan!

I'm working on a proposal right now for a book called It's the Story of My Life: Seeing Your Life as God's Story. So this topic is timely for me :)

Have a great weekend,

Jan Kern said...

Thanks for the comments, Darby and Jeanette.

Darby, I contacted Sarah and passed along your message.

Jeanette, wonderful proposal. Seeing our lives as a journey and connecting our story to God's are passions of mine. Yep, we really need to get to work on those conferences we do together! Maybe we'll have time to talk about it more at MH!

Hugs to you both,