With many stories like these, he [Jesus] presented his message to them, fitting the stories to their experience and maturity. He was never without a story when he spoke.” Mark 4:33 (The Message Bible)
I believe I’ve been given the gift of storytelling to communicate how I feel, what I think to be true, and how I relate to the world, nature, and to people. I frequently tell stories when presenting retreats or other speaking engagements. When I tell switch from lecturing to telling stories, I notice how the posture of those listening changes—they sit up straighter and lean forward as if they don’t want to miss a word I’m saying.
Jesus told the best stories to help his followers understand God’s kingdom, such as in Mark 4: “It’s like a pine nut. When it lands on the ground, it is quite small as seeds go, yet once it is planted; it grows into a huge pine tree with thick branches. Eagles nest in it.” I wish I could have been among the crowd of people surrounding Jesus as he told stories, writing them into the little black notebook I carry with me everywhere I go.
Dear Lord, help me weave the message in your stories into the ones I share with those who need to hear some good news. Amen.