Happy Friday friends. We are linking up over at Five Minute Friday where we write for 5 minutes on the same word prompt. If you’d like to join us, click here. Today’s word prompt: STORY
Last weekend I attended a conference with a good friend. While she was busy working her table and responsibilities, I let myself wander, people watch and chit-chat with others that were sitting alone.
Time… giving others time is an amazing gift.
I thought about this because I am often busy with other duties; running from one task to another and I miss the gift of time with others. It’s this reminder of time that God seems to keep slowing me down to see the story of others.
- On a hotel bench she shared her story of caring for her terminally ill parents.
- During a coffee break, another shared her story of trying out churches but not quite connecting still.
- Standing in the hall, I heard the stories of reacquainting after years apart.
We all have a story. Our lives are being written as we journey through each day.
There are some chapters of my own story I would love to reread. I could sit wrapped in a comfy blanket, sip a nice cup of something warm and read my way through earlier life chapters…. our dating days… early married life…. even those last days with my mom on earth.
There are other chapters, however, that I would like to rip out, burn or at least re-write with different choices made and a happier ending for all.
Sadly, life stories can’t be rewritten. They can be redeemed and worked for our good but not rewritten.
Even listening to the stories of my new friends last weekend, I had no solutions to their situations or answers to their questions. Sometimes there is no answer for the ‘right now’ questions. I had no fairy dust to sprinkle or magic wand to wave. Instead, I just listened to the chapter they chose to share.
We all have a story.
In a room full of women, each one had a story of their own.
During one of the sessions, I stood in the back and looked out over the crowd…
“God… thank you for caring… thank you for knowing each story… thank you for walking with each one in their story of life.”
He knows the characters, setting and plot line of each one. He knows how it began and how it will end.
Even when we don’t know how this chapter we are living will end, whether there will be a plot-twist or a happily ever after, we can trust the One who is in each story and knows every detail to the end. He walks beside us and gives us grace at each turned page.
Happy Friday friends. I pray you lean into His grace and find His strength for this chapter of your life.