Finding Your Story In The Bible
by: Chris Whaley | April 19, 2017
A few years ago, late 2012, seventy-five-year-old Marion Shurtleff purchased a Bible in a used book store near her home in San Clemente, California. After making her purchase and returning home, she discovered a couple of folded pages tucked in the middle of the Bible.
The contents of the yellowed notebook sheets contained a child’s handwriting that looked familiar. To her amazement, Shurtleff discovered her name at the top of the first page. When she looked closer she realized that she was reading a four-page essay she had written as a ten-year-old to earn a merit badge for the Girl Scouts in Covington, Kentucky – more than 2,000 miles from where she had just purchased the Bible.
By her own account, Shurtleff was deeply moved, “I opened the Bible and there was my name,” Shurtleff said in a phone interview from her home. “I recognized my handwriting. I was shaking, literally. I was crying.”
I don’t know if it was because it is just a touching story or because of the intrigue and mystery of how the essay ended up in a Bible in a used book store half way across the country – or maybe it is a combination of all those things, but one thing is certain. When we look deeply into God’s Word we see evidences of our lives, too. Every time I open it, I see myself.
D.L. Moody said, “I’ve got a lot of books in my library that I’ve read, but, I’ve only got one book that reads me – and that’s the Bible!”
In the pages of Scripture, we see individuals just like us – people who pursue faith and hope in God, people who also battle depression, doubt, lust, and pride. As we read the biblical stories about Abraham, Ruth, David, Mary, and Peter we also recognize our own life story. The Bible is still the number one bestseller!
Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of God remains forever.”
His Word is alive and we are a part of the story. My hope and prayer for you is that you are actively engaged and discovering your life in the pages of Scripture each day.
Author: Chris Whaley | Legacy Pastor