The Road [Story] to Recovery

Posted: June 19, 2014 in Family Life, Thinking Theologically
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ImageI guess this idea of road has been on my mind throughout this journey.  In some ways it makes a lot of sense to look at our journey in this life as a road.  But it also seems a bit to simplistic to look a life as a road because there is so much more to life than simply getting from point A to point B.  Now make no mistake… point B – our final destination is of utmost importance.  In fact, it’s been well said that if you don’t know where you are going, then you will most certainly not get there.  But what if life isn’t meant merely to be a road?

Our faith has really shaped out this journey we are on with Cole and as a family.  So it seems more appropriate that we would look at this journey as more of a story than a road.  We all love stories – especially good ones.  And really there is only one story that has been and is continuing to be written and that is God’s Story.  God’s Story is one of creation, fall, redemption and restoration.  A story of God’s amazing love for His creation and His relentless pursuit of their hearts.  We are all a part of that story and that story is a part of all of our stories.  John Eldredge says, “The true story of every person in this world is not the story you see, the external story. The true story of each person is the journey of his or her heart.”

God is writing Cole’s story.  And he’s writing a story of restoration and redemption.  But far more than his story of physical restoration and redemption – the more important story is the journey of His heart.  I sit here in the waiting room (waiting, yet again) to see my son – he’s out of surgery and in the recovery room.  And yet I can’t help thinking about his road story to recovery.  I can’t imagine how God is going to use this medical part of his story to tell the grander narrative of God’s Story.  I long for the day I will get to hear him share his story of God’s love and physical healing.  But I also long for the day when He realizes his story is rooted in God’s Story.  A story of God’s love and pursuit of his heart – a story of His grace and mercy – a story of His power and grand purpose.  And how exciting it will be to see those stories intertwine.  God speed that day.

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