It’s easy to think that the stories in the Bible have no relevancy to us today, to think they are random, made up stories in an ancient text designed to keep us in line.
My experience with Scripture, though, illuminates who God is and who God seeks to be in our lives.
In Mary, the mother of Jesus, I find a young woman who believed that something impossible could happen through her. I find a young woman who was willing to risk public shame and humiliation to be a part of the larger story of God and humanity.
When I see Abraham, I see a despondent old guy who was ashamed and disappointed that he didn’t have any kids. I see someone who was so desperate to carry on the family line that he stepped out on his wife to do it. In his life, I also see the story of God — how God fulfilled his promise to give him children even after Abraham tried to do it on his own.
Mary’s story reminds me that the “impossible” things God has told me will happen, but that I may have to endure public shame and humiliation in the process. It reminds me that my obedience to and faith in the words that God tells me connect with the larger story of God and humanity.
Abraham’s story reminds me that my disobedience doesn’t always disqualify me from God’s blessings. Even if I get tired of waiting on God’s promise and step out of bounds to grab it, God can still be gracious enough to give the promised thing.
@@The stories in Scripture elucidate that our stories and God’s story need not be different; they can intertwine, if we trust God. Our stories can be a part of God’s story and God’s story can be a part of ours.@@
As we march into March (#sorrynotsorry for the unintentional cheesy pun), I pray that our stories will intertwine with God’s, so that when God’s story is told, you and I are listed as supporting characters.