Big Picture Moments

I’m fixing my hair because I’m headed to a funeral.

At a funeral, you’re forced (finally) to “trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding.”  I’m a girl who loves to know the narrative.  I love to know what’s going on:  the why, the how, the when, the where.  I’m probably too controlling.  What happens when the narrative breaks apart and you have no idea what’s going on

In reading, we love these moments of confusion; we’re delighted to read on to make sense of an unraveling plot.  In life, though, we stagger and despair. 

A friend calls and reminds me that God knows the big picture.  It was a simple phrase–the Big Picture–but I know it’s true.  He sees what I do not see.  

There’s a bigger story, a larger picture, and these moments on the page–death, birth, joy, pain, confusion and every form of suffering and beauty–fold into it.

It’s a marvelous story if I just read on a little further.  

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Journal:  When life unravels, what keeps me pushing ahead? 

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Someone is Looking for You

Last night, my youngest asks me to tell her stories of when I was a little girl. 

“What kind of stories?” I ask.

“The ones when you get lost and someone has to find you,” she says.   

I’ve never told her a story like this.  But that’s the story she wants to hear:  a little girl lost and then found.  

Sometimes I think we can tap into the one great True Narrative just by asking children the kinds of stories they want to hear.  The story I tell her is the greatest story I know.  A girl was lost–desperately and hopelessly so–but a great God was looking for her and wouldn’t let her go.  He searched long and far and wide.  And he left clues and messages and little gifts along the trail to remind her of the way home. 

I was lost but Someone was looking for me. 

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Journal:  Children love stories of lost and found, and they love hide-n-seek.  What other stories do children love that reflect the great story of God seeking after us? 

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