This Is My Story

One of my favorite little pleasures in life is Pandora.  For those of you who may not know (mom) Pandora is an online site where you can punch in your favorite song, or band and then it creates a station based on similar music.  Along the way, you can like and dislike songs for an even more personalized station.

I just love how the more you use it, the more it figures out your musical likes and dislikes and the result is a radio station handcrafted for you!  Somehow, and I still haven’t figured out how, a few worship songs have trickled their way onto my “Adele” station.  The first one was on Sunday and was the song I refer to as “This is My Story” or officially known as “Blessed Assurance.”  I was excited this little ditty had wandered it’s way into a mix of Adele, Florence & the Machine, and Duffy (all my British loves) so I immediately hit “like.”  Now, about every ten songs,a different version of that song comes my way.

“This is my story, this is my song…”

I have to tell you, it’s very interesting, because I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about our stories.     

Some of our stories are messy, complicated, and painful and we think that there’s no way we can make sense of it or use our stories to help someone else.  Other may seem like they kind of roll along  and we wonder what value our story could add to anyone.  But the more I think about stories, I continue to see that each one of us has a story as unique as our fingerprints; one that God is perfectly and meticulously weaving together.  No matter what the surrounding circumstances may be, we have all been given a story, and it’s up to us to share it with one another and be encouraged by how our God, who is very much alive and working, manifests Himself in our daily lives.  
But no matter what kind of story our life has created so far, at the heart of each and every story for those of us who are Christians, is this: we were born sinners, full of fault and imperfection, but God–so rich is He in mercy and love, chose to have compassion on us and sent His Son to die on our behalf, so that that we could live eternally with Him. 
“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine…” 
Talk about a great story!