Everyone loves a good story.
When my children were little, one of their favorite stories was a book written by Jamie Lee Curtis, Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born. It tells the tale of the night a mom and dad were awakened by the long awaited phone call proclaiming the news that the baby they were to adopt had been born. Chaos ensues as they bound out of bed and rush around to get dressed and pack up things to go and meet their baby. This book has special significance for our girls since they were both adopted into our family.
With each reading of this book, we would then tell the tale of their story – of receiving the phone call that each of them had been born – and all of the events that happened next. Car rides or plane rides to the hospitals where each was born, seeing them for the first time, how we felt when they each were placed in our arms as our little girls.
Each telling of their stories was an opportunity to share about how God planned for them to be born and be a part of our family; about the many prayers that were prayed for them even before we knew they would be ours; and about the rejoicing that happened over their births as friends and family visited to share with us in each of these answers to prayer.
These stories are markers in our lives...
...and in the lives of our girls – markers that serve as a “stake in the ground” when we knew without a doubt that God was at work, and that he had a plan and purpose.
In the Old Testament, altars were built as markers for the people to remember what God had done. The interesting thing about these altars, was that people saw them constantly and remembered why they were there.
The LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your descendants I will give this land " So he built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him.
So when people walked along the road and saw that altar, they remembered – “this is where Abram first learned from God about the land He promised to Abram and to his people,” - it was a promise of God and a story to tell.
What are some of the markers in your life?
What stories do you want to tell about times you saw God at work; times you want to remember what He did because it changed your life, grew your faith, brought someone to saving faith? Think about the markers in your life and tell the stories - tell them often that others may be blessed by these "markers" of a very real, active and powerful God who is glorified in the telling of your story.
Posted on Mon, March 16, 2015
by Tricia Greene