I was recently writing a letter to our donors about how we, at the Home School Foundation, help homeschooling families with curriculum needs. As I sat writing, I reflected back on the early years of our homeschooling journey. Hands down, my very favorite activity with my kids was reading to them. Watching them react to and delight in story after story over the years has filled me with a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.
Reading well written stories that convey beauty, truth and goodness have also knit our hearts together. We’ve observed family love in Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables and Little Women, and we were carried off to adventure in Aslan’s land of Narnia and Swiss Family Robinson’s deserted island. I am richer for the fond memories, exciting journeys, and deep truths we shared together. That’s the power of stories.
We all love stories. Whether they are sad, happy, suspenseful, or funny ones, stories connect us with other people’s lives. And they ultimately connect us to God, for He is the master Storyteller. His-story is the greatest story of all. Our stories are part of His story, too, as He ordains our time and place in history, and writes each chapter of the story of our lives.
God is the ultimate expression of what is good, and wise, and beautiful. If we believe this to be true of Him, then our stories, though they have painful and difficult plotlines, are not meaningless. They can be filled with hope and expectation. One day, if not now, God will write of our story, “And they lived happily ever after.” Knowing Christ Jesus and being heirs with Him make all this possible, even while we live in this fallen world!
I have my own special story to share. A week ago today, a beautiful, godly man asked me to be his wife. A year ago today, I had no idea if I would ever even remarry. Today, I know I am loved by a very special man, who has become my best friend and the love of my life. Our story is so clearly a God-story, which I’ll share with you…little by little, starting tomorrow.
I’ve been told my blog entries are too long, so I’ll save our story for a few future entries. Suffice it to say that for now, we are both rejoicing in God’s great lovingkindness toward us, and look forward, with anticipation, to the day when we can serve Him as one in our beloved Savior, Jesus.
Stay tuned…there’s more to come!