Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Story Becomes Personal

You know the sign of a good movie or book?  For me, it's when I get lost in the characters and try to imagine their lives after the story ends.  In fact, if the story is really good, I have even been known to dream about the characters.

I love reading the Bible, and I discover a new truth nearly every time I read God's Word.  Yet I don't get lost in the stories like I do with a book.  Why?  The characters in a fiction book are just that - characters.  But the people in the Bible are real and their lives have an impact on mine; their stories were included for a reason. 

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  2 Timothy 3:16

Think about this:

What if you were 90 year old Sarah who learned you would bear a child?
What if you were Isaac on the sacrificial altar?
What if you were Sarah and learned that your husband, Abraham, nearly sacrificed Isaac?
What if you had been in Hagar's situation, pregnant, alone, and scared in the desert?
What if you were Ishmael sent alone to wander helplessly in the desert?
What if you were Jacob and wrestled with the mysterious God figure all night?
What if you were David about to face the giant with just a sling and some stones?
What if you were Mary and had just been told you would bear the Savior?
What if you were Peter when confronted with being a disciple, or Paul and Silas in the prison.

What if you were the man/woman God wants to use today to accomplish His will?

Many blessings,

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  1. Hi Lisa - great post. Funny though, I feel the same way with regards to reading the bible and a book, but this weekend I just could not get off my mind to read Esther, and I was so engrossed. Don't know why God led me to do that, I'm sure I'll see why eventually, but really enjoyed it as never before! Great way to look at the characters in relation to us, what would God have us do?
    God bless

  2. I get so involved when I read that I too dream about the story line. I feel as though they are friends. My hubby laughs at me, but through the first chapter or two, I never like a book. It is kind of like getting to know someone. I just don't know the characters yet so I don't like the story. The more I learn about them, the more I fall in love with the story. And I always imagine how the story would continue on after the last chapter. :)

    About the Bible. It is harder for me to involve myself like that but I still do sometimes. I have wondered how I would feel if I were Sarah and found out my husband almost sacrificed our son. I think I would have thought he had gone off the deep end. Lol.

    God used normal everyday people in His Word. I want to be used by Him too!

  3. Oh, I love this, Lisa. So many great questions to ask ourselves and so many scenarios to consider: 90-year-old Sarah told she was going to have a baby...? I'm just stuck on that one. You're right - these all have more meaning because they do impact us. Thanks for posting this )

  4. This is so good, it shows me that I'm normal and mess up daily but I can be used by God too because He's been using normal people even way way back then.

  5. One of the reasons I liked the B90 system of reading the Bible is that it read like a story. It was easy to get involved in their lives (I was seriously upset and texted my sister when I read about Solomon's later years....). It was like a 'book' and not 'just the Bible' which is good in some ways because it connected to me. It wasn't like a few random people like when you just read scripturally. Your questions are really thought provoking. Especially the last one. I so want to be what God wants me to be... but I don't feel I'm there yet.

  6. I've often thought about what it would have been like to be Mary... I imagine she was scoffed at and persecuted by people who didn't believe how she got pregnant. I don't know about then, but can't you just hear the gossip today about the girl who says she's pregnant by God?! What faith she must have had! And Joseph too! Love that last question Lisa, He wants to use me and I want to be used! Blessings!

  7. What some awesome thoughts today. I too enjoy reading and thinking about the what ifs.
    Amen to your thoughts on the scriptures and your questions.
    I found this to be a very enlightening post. Love it!
    Blessings to you and keep on enjoying your journey.

  8. I so want to be the person that He has created me to be so that I can be used by His hand to do His will. I also realize now that this requires lots of time in His Word!

  9. So many powerful "what if's" Lisa, and so many perspectives to gain from our time in the Word. And while we're generally not placed in those types of situations in our everyday lives, we can certainly glean wisdom and guidance from those that were.

    Have a Blessed Day!

  10. I do this too.Thanks for this post and am so glad to discover your blog.

  11. Lisa,

    What incredible questions you left us with to think about. I am with Heidi, sometimes I think about what it would have been like to be Mary. To be as young as she was and endure what she did. I wonder what she must have been going through her mind when she found out she was pregnant by God. I want to be used by God.

    Blessings to you Lisa.