Luke 12: 32
Do not be afraid little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. NIV
I am blessed to have an amazing storyteller in my life. She has an incredible imagination. I discovered her gift when I was in line with her and her children at an amusement park. The line was moving very slowly and we were all hot and bored. The children asked to be told a story and she complied. She wove in experiences that we’d had earlier that day and the story went on and on as the entrance to the ride got closer and closer.
As the group before us was poised to enter the attraction, the man in their party said to the attendant, “wait just a second.” He turned to the storyteller and asked, “How does it end?” We all laughed, because, in addition to keeping the children enthralled, she had drawn in both the families around us. She quickly ended the story, we all rode the ride and all was well.
The stories, I learned, all have the same basic theme. They center around a little boy and a little girl who are the prince and princess of a faraway land where Mother the Queen and Father the King are good and fair rulers, and beloved by all their subjects.
The prince and princess are the heirs to the magical kingdom … they have no worries, except the occasional mussing of a ball gown or the loss of a royal shoe. Their lives, like the lives of the two small children on whom the stories are based, are secure. They are loved and cared for and want for nothing. They have no worries.
This verse says that we are all princes and princesses … the Father has been pleased to give us the kingdom. We can approach our trials as adventures. As I write that, I know it sounds naive. The pain here is enormous … the needs here are so great. But, if we adopt an eternal perspective, we can work to enjoy our adventures … we can work to make a difference for others … we can live our life here without worries.
Our future is secure. We know where home is and we know who will be waiting for us when we arrive.
That’s what I’ll think about today.