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COLUMN: Is God part of your every day story?

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By Jon Rohr

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I took a vacation. Along the way, like most people, we took a lot of pictures. With new digital cameras it is easy to take tons of pictures, even though we may only print a few.
I bet you probably have vacation pictures around somewhere, or wedding pictures, maybe pictures of a birthday party or some other special event. Those pictures tell us stories from our lives, of special people, special places, special days. Photographs can trigger memories and evoke emotions. We remember how warm the sun was, or how much we laughed.
I forgot the camera one day, and not wanting to miss anything I pretended I had a camera and snapped a picture anyway. I told my wife it was a memory picture. We all have these as well. In fact, the photo albums on the coffee table only serve to trigger our memory pictures. That is why they are so powerful, they attach to our experiences and memories. That is also why we can get a little bored at looking through someone else’s vacation album. We don’t have the memories that they connect with those pictures.
The important moments and people in our lives are captured in our mind’s eye. The question is where is God in your photo album? Not the physical one on your coffee table, but the one you keep in your mind. Is God a part of your special events, your everyday story? I am reminded that, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…” (James 1:17 NIV).
So God is part of the story of our lives. The good parts as James says, but also the hard parts.
Consider this, “You have seen me tossing and turning through the night. You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle! You have recorded every one in your book” (Psalm 56:8 The Living Bible).
So in good times or in bad, God is with you. Holding us and helping us in pain, rejoicing with us in our joy.
I don’t know where you are in the story of your life, but I know that God is there with you. Will you recognize him? Will you reach out to him when you are hurting? Will you give thanks for his goodness to you? Will he be a part of your photo album? He is the guest at every party and the mourner at every funeral, and he loves you. Let him be a part of your life, you will never regret it.