Friday, April 1, 2011

As The Story Goes

There are those few entertaining, memorable stories we share with one another, stories that make us laugh, make us realize how easily we lose perspective, make us see how easily we sacrifice the good in life. When I think about one of those stories, I think of the "E key," two words identifying one of our often-told stories, of how our kids' friend cleaned his dad's computer keyboard, of how he broke the "E key," of how he told his dad, and of how his dad became increasingly emotional, repeating over and over, "Not the E key!"

Telling the story provides a great moment, when we all laugh together,  when we claim the moment to enjoy one another, when we recognize the humor of inconvenience,  when we celebrate what really matters, when we share life with one another. And. We learn as we tell the stories about the stuff of life, whether it is something like an "E key" breaking or an incomprehensible event, to underline the most important point, God is with us.
The thing is . . . when we ask Christ to be at the center, when we seek Him first, when we rest in Him, when we love Him more than anyone or anything . . . then we know He is always present in our story, changing the way our story goes.
The LORD your God is with you, 
   the Mighty Warrior who saves. 
He will take great delight in you; 
   in his love he will no longer rebuke you, 
   but will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17, TNIV). 
Zephaniah tells the story of how God is present in our life, explaining, after all is said and done, at the beginning and at the end of our story, God is our friend, our best friend. When we turn the pages of our story, God is with us, fighting for us, singing over us, covering us with joy.  Always.  So.  Our story has a message, one to gain perspective from and to see more in life, to learn what matters and to experience, to trust what God has promised and to believe, God is with us, sharing life.  It's a story worth repeating.

Remember the way your story goes today . . . God is with you, fighting for you, singing over you, sharing life with you . . . making today a significant part of your story,

Learning to Kickstart the day understanding the presence of God changes the way the story goes . . .

(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)