How do I engage with God as my storyteller? 1.) Live in the presence of God. When you live with someone, you know them inside out. You see, firsthand, their reactions to things as they happen. You notice their body language when someone comes to visit. You feel their joy over good news, their heavy heart over bad. You discern their displeasure over certain things and pleasure over others. You might even predict their responses ahead of time.
Living in the presence of God through meditation and prayer offers the same personal insight. I am near Him as I live out my story so that His ‘take’ on my life is perceptible. I sense His reactions to my thoughts, feelings, and events so that I have an accurate barometer for my own.
The concepts of meditation and prayer are so much a part of our everyday Christian language that they risk becoming cliches. It’s hard to feel their great significance. We say, ‘Read the bible and pray’ like we might say, ‘Don’t forget to say please and thank you.’ The impact is lost unless we spend our lives practicing them.
Living in the scriptures while being prayerful means that I am immersed and enlightened by His Word. As I meditate on a couple of verses at a time, I will take them in slowly. The Hebrew word for meditate is ‘hagah’ which means to savor. I let them sit on my tongue. I engage with the taste in every way possible before swallowing. The Spirit of God will unveil more and more as I chew on them throughout the day. I will be able to discern His thoughts and feelings about life as it happens. “Did you hear that, Jesus? “You see what I’ve been asked to do, right? How should I approach this?” With scriptures running as a backdrop, and with the posture of prayer ensuring my connection, I learn to live near the lap of God. God’s voice is a rudder, revealing His version of events and correcting the other narratives I’ve always believed were true. Scripture and prayer re-wire the ways I think. They also align my feelings and slowly change me into someone who thinks, feels, and then acts like Jesus.
This is the lifestyle of one who sets God in a place to be their storyteller. The Holy Spirit of the Rabbi has much to reveal. His version of my story never ends in tragedy. Senseless pain is never the last chapter. While pain is a thread in the plot line, it is not the predominant theme. Glory and redemption are what dazzles. If I can’t see any trace of a redemptive plot, I know that I’m not yet seeing my life through God’s eyes.
I’m willing to believe differently. Jesus, I’m willing to let go of the long standing family narrative. Amen