This picture is nearly 40 years old. My brother and I are sitting in my Grandma Nita’s lap listening to what was to become one of my favorite books, (pictured on the right). In this story, when it is bedtime, Little Bear asks Mother Bear to tell him a story.
“What kind of story would you like to hear?” said Mother Bear. “Tell me about me,” said Little Bear.
Isn’t that a question children ask their parents so often? I know I did in that very lap pictured above, as well as my mom’s lap.
You see, each of us is born into a story; a story of others who have us to tell, a story that was already written before we were born, a story that has continued to be written where we are now an active character, and a story that will continue beyond our lives.
This concept is not foreign to our God. For the Bible says in Genesis 1:1-5:
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day. (New Living Translation)
And in John 1:1-5,
1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. (New Living Translation)
We are stories. In fact we are one story; the story God spoke into existence in the beginning. This EPIC series is challenging us to believe this idea and to engage in personal exploration of the role each of us will play/are playing, in God’s EPIC. Let’s sit in God’s lap today and ask him to,
“Tell me a story about me.”