Story invites us; beckons us; woos us. It's the language of the heart and the interpreter of the soul.
Story possesses invitation, a way forward that invites pilgrimage into the complexity. A path that leads into more questions and life-giving conversation, not just short, pithy rhetoric that fits on a t-shirt or a bumper sticker. It's beyond maxims and anecdotes, beyond trite sayings and easy pat answers. Formulas and clichés cannot arrest the affections of the heart.
The way forward is through invitation.
Story invites us, beckons us, and woos us. It's the language of the heart and an interpreter of the soul.
Story, the recounting of a sequence of events, has been a formative way of understanding and learning throughout history. Story has a way of revealing to the human soul something deeper than information, something more than knowledge.
Story has a way of creating a bridge between the soul and the mind; a way of creating passage between the turbulent waters and the places of refuge, a passage between the brokenness of the human experience and the fullness of being human.
Story creates sanctuary.
No surprise then, that the scriptures are full of stories, that tell, and continue to tell one grand story; the story from which all other stories find their origins. From the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, God has, is, and will continue to inspire humanity to tell His story and reveal His glory.
Humanity is unlike the rest of creation, and it reflects the heart of its creator unlike anything else in His world. Full of purpose and intention, he designed humans for a specific invitation. After the design was complete, God saw fit to bless them. After bestowing them with uniqueness and blessing them, in one momentous transference of responsibility and authority, the creator invited His creation to join Him in creating and participate in His story.
Thus, becoming story-tellers.
God the Divine Designer invites humanity to know Him, be with Him, and show the world who He is and how He loves.
Story is one of the most profound ways He shares Himself with His creation.