“I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I will proclaim your saving power, though I am not skilled with words. I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign Lord. I will tell everyone that you alone are just.” – Psalm 71:15-16, NLT
Recently, my husband and I were invited to the home of one of our elders for an after church lunch and time of fellowship. Although we have known each other for several years, and I even went on a mission trip with this elder a couple years ago, most of our conversations were more “in passing” while at church. This would be an opportunity to be able to get to know each other on a deeper level in a relaxed environment.
It was an absolutely incredible time of an older, life-experienced couple taking in a younger couple to pass on stories and knowledge. It wasn’t an intentional teaching time, but it was sharing stories back and forth and the ways we’ve seen God working in our lives, His provision and never-failing faithfulness and love. It was encouraging and awe-inspiring to hear this dear couple’s perspective of the history they witness and experienced during their lifetime.
As I listened to their stories, I couldn’t help but think about us just starting out, walking through our own history. How will we see it fifty years down the road from now? Are we walking now with our eyes open so we can tell our story to future generations? How will we speak it when the time comes?
I love listening to stories from those who have lived full lives. I love being a vessel where they pass down the moments from their lives that built them into the person God created them to be. His ways are so amazing, and infinitely creative. However, His love is always constant and His faithfulness never fails nor changes. There’s a reason the telling our testimony – our story in His story – is always so powerful. He works intricately in every detail of our unique lives, providing and caring for us in the unique ways we each need His love. He created each of us as a unique image of Himself. We all need love and care in a little different way, and only our Creator – our Abba Father – is able to satisfy our individual need of love fully and completely. However, we do not travel this journey of life on our own. We need the koinonia fellowship of community, the telling of testimonies, the discipleship from mentors to help us discover our own intimacy with our Lord God.
If the opportunity comes, like it did for my husband and I, to sit and listen to someone’s story who has been through life, take it. We learn so much from one another, and our view is ever expanding. You will be amazed at the history sitting in front of you, their experience through it and their response to it.
How are you responding to the history you are experiencing today? How will your story be told those who come after you? How are you responding? How will you respond? As you ponder, enjoy the view around you today because it will make up part of your story down the road.
Enjoy the View,