It’s time for Five Minute Friday again! Five minutes of writing on a one word prompt. No editing. Just whatever comes out of our hearts. It’s amazing to see how just one word can draw out things that we’re already processing inside.
The word for today is “story.” I could probably write for five hours on this word, so this will be a challenge for me. I will try to collect my thoughts and limit myself. 🙂
I am a sucker for a good story. I meditate on them for days, chewing and chewing every nuance of what she said and how the next person responded and how that impacted this and that. I find analogies and parables and allegories everywhere. It’s the way I think. And I adore that Jesus did the vast majority of his teaching in this way. He recognized how much we as people love stories and he took truths so wondrous we will never really comprehend them and communicated them to us in little, simple stories.
That’s who I want to be when I grow up. I just love it when I meet a person who has a story for everything, a story that really speaks to the heart of my struggle or the heart of someone else’s pain. But I’m learning that to be that person, you have to live through the stories. You don’t get to live on the outskirts and have a happy-go-lucky life. Pain-free lives do not good stories make.
Wait – so I just finished visiting some other posts from today’s FMF link-up and I’m seeing so many people all of a sudden confessing that they are taking more than five minutes to write. First of all, what a relief! I thought I must have been the slowest thinker/typer/writer in history! Secondly, I have more to say on this and it’s rather burning a hole in me, so I’m back to add. Five more minutes, ok? (And I’m not timing this time, just writing!)
When I think about my own story, my first thought is how different it has gone than how I would have written it, how I thought it was going to go. I had all these grandiose dreams, and honestly, very few of them have happened. I thought I could do so much, but I have failed so many times. But, real faith says to God that His story is better than mine. I don’t always have that kind of faith, to be honest. But, in my heart, I know it’s true. I know that what He is writing ends in my salvation. Writing it my way wouldn’t have.
I think that is what Isaiah 53:6 means when it says we all go our own way. We all want to write our own story, and no matter how white-washed we make it by making it spiritual and dreaming big dreams “for God”, it boils down to the fact that if it’s my own story, it’s not His, and that is a very dangerous story to be in. Not the one I want. Even if it’s what I thought I wanted.
So today, I choose to embrace the pain and the failure and all the things that aren’t happening like I wanted them to. I also choose to embrace all the things that are so much better than I could have imagined – all the beauty and the love and the joy. And I’ll even embrace all the stuff that it’s in the middle. I choose to stop whining about the way He is writing “my” story and to let Him write me into His story. However He wants to. Because I like His ending best.
AHHH. OK, now I feel like I’m done. Thanks for letting me have those extra minutes. 🙂
Don’t forget to hop over to Desperate Homeschoolers, where we host a Five Minute Friday Kids’ Edition link-up each week! It is truly precious what these kiddos share (and I LOVE reading their comments to each other on the blogs!) I promise, you won’t be sorry if you hop over there. And please consider having your kids do their own five minutes of writing and link up with us!
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So what’s your story? Has a story captured your heart this week? I’d love to hear it! Please share in the comments below.