Do you ever find yourself in the pages of a book or on the movie theater screen? The Little Mermaid captivated me in the junior high years. Emerging from childhood into adulthood isn’t a graceful transformation. Ariel knew exactly how I felt. I remember singing “Part of Your World” with such gusto and heart. Wandering free, wish I could be part of your world. Ariel’s painful journey from mermaid to human served as a metaphor for my own struggle to break free from expectations. Her story was my story.
I often approach the Bible with the same search for myself. I open the well-worn cover and read the passages in search of my story. I identify with the Israelites’ wandering, Elijah’s doubt, Moses’ frustration, and Martha’s internal struggle between good and best. I find comfort in David’s psalms, keys for success in Solomon’s proverbs, and a list of do’s and don’ts engraved on the stone tablets and recorded in the apostles’ letters. When Jesus declares himself as The Vine, I am energized by the potential for holy power. John the Revelator gives me a glimpse of the perfection of body and spirit awaiting me.
I seem to find a lot of me in God’s story.
The Bible is not about me. When I turn its pages in search of a self-portrait, it is vanity. It is not a self-help book for times of desperation or doubting. It is not a how-to manual for the perfect life. It is not a recipe book for success. The Bible is about God. It is an account and a promise of His faithfulness, His permanence, and His sovereignty. God’s Word tells us what is true, certain, and unchangeable.
The Story We All Share
If I were to write a book about my life–
from my birth in the orange and red of a Georgia fall,
the foolish unwinding of Truth to discover that the scarlet thread still holds strong,
searching for something constant and striving to be my own best self,
on into the years of discovering my purpose and dealing with the pain that comes with nearly four decades of life,
it wouldn’t be a book about me.
The same is true of your story. We share a commonality as the pages of our calendars turn, and the words of our stories collect on the shelves of our memories. Like the Bible, the stories of our lives have a larger-than-life Hero. He pursues us, holds us, takes us back, sets the path before us, and cheers for us. He’s been the Hero for ages, since the beginning of time. His story starts before in the beginning and will continue long after the last chapter of our stories are written.
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The details of our stories are different, but the God who writes our stories is the same. His gospel and His glory shine through each and every chapter, wherever the plot line takes us. (Amanda Bible Williams)
She Reads Truth
Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams share their story on the pages of She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That’s Passing Away. The memories of their personal struggles are familiar to me–wandering, loss, striving, uncertainty. God’s faithfulness through it all is also familiar to me, and I soaked in both the reminders and revelations. God is consistent. God is constant. He is the same across generations, cultures, and circumstances.
Myers and Williams turn to God’s Word to find Truth. They use Scripture to champion the Hero of our stories. Their story is layered with Truth upon Truth. It serves as a foundation for healing and hope for you and me.
Each sorrow is met with the solidity of God’s promises.
Our hope is in the One who has never failed to fulfill His promises to us. We hope in the One who has only ever been faithful in our own lives, and since the beginning of time. Our hope is in God alone. (Raechel Myers)
Disappointments and uncertainty are assuaged with the assurance of God’s presence.
Truth is still true in the dark. God’s Truth does not change when I cannot see it. (Amanda Bible Williams)
Death is met with the permanence of a loving God.
In a fog, we found we could see only one thing clearly: nothing was certain but what God promised in His Word. Nothing was true by His Truth. Waking up every morning was a gamble, but God was faithful. He hadn’t changed. (Raechel Myers)
I don’t want my story to be about me. If my created purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, then I want my story to feature God—His promises, His faithfulness, His mercy. She Reads Truth helped me find the Hero of my story. I’m holding tight to Him, knowing that He holds me tight.
Is your story in need of a Hero? He is already written in the pages of your life. You will find Him in God’s Word. Once you find Him there, you will see He is in your story, too.
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