How do we discern God’s will for our lives? Do we look to scripture? Pray? Listen? How can we know what God desires for us, specifically? Is it just a matter of making wise, principled decisions, or can God actually guide us as we face each situation in our lives?
Our lives are full of stories. Each story is a vignette full of emotion, interpretation and decision. The stories we tell and the ways we tell them reveal who we are.
When a person chooses to share their story with another person, they offer insight, companionship and welcome. In a sense they say, ‘Here I am. Come and know me.’
As twenty-first century American Christians, it’s easy to subscribe to a form of “Christianity” that implores us toward crusading our every environment and attempting to pull others into our perceived inner-circle of moralism. But this is not the example that Jesus set with His life, nor the message He proclaimed through His words.
It seems like it’s in those moments when life is humming along quietly, that we stumble headlong into a firestorm: our emotions swirl; the shock of chaos sweeps us off our feet; we stammer, hurl words or hide in burning silence. We can’t fathom how it all happened. Did we do something wrong? And how could they?
God has revealed Himself to us through a rich and varied collection of images; He is the bread of life, the lion of Judah, the good Shepherd, a loving Father and more. No single image or metaphor captures the totality of God’s nature and His relationship with us.
Throughout our lives we’ve experienced expressions, manifestations of the nature, character and work of God through the flawed and beautiful people who have passed through our lives. For each of us, the ways we’ve experienced God through others is completely unique.