I have had the privilege
of visiting with people who are several decades my senior. Often during our time together, they shared
various memories – times of war, family vacations, or other life experiences. I am always amazed by their power of
recollection, especially when they start talking about other people, where they
are from, or what they did as an occupation.
The gift of detail seldom skips any of them until you ask them what they
had for lunch. I have come to recognize
the fact that memory is a fickle thing. Somethings
we can easily recall with vivid detail and other things were to mundane or
insignificant for our brains to waste space logging it into our memories.
The other thing I have
learned is that we can be witnesses to the same event, but each of us will
recall differing details about the event.
If you want a case study in this, watch the movie Vantage Point. A great lesson for us to learn, especially as
couples, is that we will never recall the exact same details about a shared
experience; we will each tell the story of this moment from our own unique
vantage point. It is not that we are
telling the story right or wrong but simply from the details about the event
that made an impression and that we recall.
Two things come to mind about
this: first is that to share a story
about something, you must be engaged in the event. Second is the fact that our individual stories
are not complete; God is still writing out the remainder of our unique
story. There is much for us to still be
witnesses to and to bear witness to. For
me, the most powerful part of my story is God’s grace. My life’s journey has been marked by it in
very specific ways and I am blessed to be able to remember nearly all of
them. I have been the prodigal, I have
been the older brother, I have been the tax collector and sinner on the
outside, and I have been the Pharisee who takes comfort in being on the
inside. I have been granted the insight
to see myself through the lens of each of these characters. Thank God, I have also been given the
spiritual sight to see how God’s grace has and continues to transform my heart,
mind, and soul as I strive to be a fully committed disciple of Jesus Christ. I believe each of us have this ability; the
ability to see our story through the mirror of God’s grace. I propose that it is there that we find all
we need to live an abundant life.
I invite you to take time
and read each of the scriptures above as you move to reflect on the questions
below. Take a moment and recall your
journey in God’s grace and how your story is still being written by God. Lastly, I pray that God bless the reading of
God’s Word and the meditations of your heart.