When Your Story Has a Theme…

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As a writer, and a lover of words and stories, I deeply appreciate the instances in my life when I can pick out the theme of the story I am currently living. I’m talking about those times when you seem to be learning or hearing the same lesson being repeated over and over.  I might not always know the whole reason behind the lesson…but I can see it.

If I pause long enough to think about the moments I’m living, the events of the day, the sights that I’ve seen, and the conversations I’ve had…there’s often a common thread being woven through it all. It’s like reading a book and stopping long enough to soak in the chapter I’ve just read.

Sometimes the lesson I’m currently learning whispers to me and I have a hard time picking it out or putting it into words.  And the other times, the lesson is wielding a megaphone and it’s shouting at me.

Live hopeful in expectation

My family and I went to a new church on Sunday.  It’s the same church my brother-in-law and his family attend. It’s the same church we visited on Easter Sunday when we came to Georgia for my husband’s job interview.  (That’s a God moment too, but it’s a story for another time.)

Anyway, during the service this Sunday the worship leader was about to sing a new song and two seconds before the words came out of his mouth I somehow sensed it was going to be THE song. I’m talking about the one that I heard at my last church service living in North Carolina.

I sat there singing this beautiful song and the words I wrote in that post came to mind. “And, even though I can’t pack up my friend, Michelle, and take her with me,  I am thankful that I can pack up 12 years of God’s grace and goodness and carry that with me.”

I woke up this morning with this line of the song washing over me… Jesus I sing for all that you’ve done for me.

Yesterday, after writing about some houses my husband and I looked at the night before, I was prompted to revisit a post I wrote a couple of years ago about my desire to live expectantly without expectation.  A few hours later, I read this Twitter comment on Facebook:

RT @joshua_becker: Expect less. Appreciate more. #ExpectancyWithoutExpectation #AttitudeOfGratitute

This morning, I open up my YouVersion Bible reading plan.  I’m currently doing the Hillsong: 40 Days of Revival plan.  Today’s verse was Hebrews 4: 12-13

“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”  

I smiled… first because the message at church on Sunday morning was the beginning of a new series called “The Bible: More Than a Good Book” and second because of the words written in the sidebar:

The great preacher Charles H. Spurgeon explained Psalm 119 and his Treasury of David saying, ‘God’s Word is His witness or testimony to grand and important truths which concern Himself and our relation to Him. If we keep God’s testimonies they will keep us right in opinion, comfortable in spirit, holy in conversation and hopeful in expectation.’

Hopeful in expectation…

I don’t claim to know where this next chapter is going.  Remember:  I live expectantly without expectations. All I know today is that there is a definite theme being written on each page of our lives. I am eager to flip the page and keep reading!

15 thoughts on “When Your Story Has a Theme…

  1. Shelley

    If people could only see the way God works in the lives of his children: life is never dull or boring. I love reading how God orchestrated everything together to bring you to this very place called ‘today’. God is good. All the time.

  2. Joy Lenton

    This is so true to life with God, Eileen! Sometimes we strain to pick out that ‘still, small voice’ and at others God seemingly shouts aloud to make sure we REALLY get the message. C.S. Lewis said that pain is God’s “megaphone to rouse a deaf world”, but it is preferable if we can keep our ears and eyes alert to His ways before He has to communicate that way. It can make us laugh and smile to join up the dots and finally see what God has made out of our circumstances and the many God-incidences in our lives. May you keep hearing and enjoying the process, my friend! Blessings 🙂 xx

    1. Eileen Post author

      So well said, Joy. We would do well to keep our eyes and ears open always. I know, for me, it’s the busyness of the everyday that tends to distract me most.

  3. Laurie Wallin (@mylivingpower)

    Hopeful in expectation… what a great chapter to be walking through. I loved how you phrased this phenomenon: “If I pause long enough to think about the moments I’m living, the events of the day, the sights that I’ve seen, and the conversations I’ve had…there’s often a common thread being woven through it all. It’s like reading a book and stopping long enough to soak in the chapter I’ve just read.” It reminds me we haven’t been doing the “low/high” thing at dinner with our family lately and I miss that stop-and-pause moment. Do you have a routine that helps you soak in your daily chapters?

    1. Eileen Post author

      Laurie, my favorite time has always been first thing in the morning for reflection…or right before I fall asleep. But night time is a little more of a challenge to be consistent. I love your low/high over dinner idea!

  4. Jeremy Riley

    This was so encouraging, thank you for this! I totally agree with you when it comes to life themes, I feel like the theme of 2013 is hope in uncertainty. I’m going to chew on your word to live expectantly without expectations. Thanks!

  5. Caroline

    So awesome to see how God’s working in those events, Eileen. (And the other comments on this post are fantastic, too.) Praying to be hopeful in expectation of Him.

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