“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” John 21:25 (NIV)
My bookshelves bulge with old friends – novels in a variety of genres. Whenever we’ve moved to a new home, lugging heavy boxes, my hubby has asked, “Do you really need so many books?” Yes. Yes, I do. As I look at the covers, I’m reminded of the adventures that welcomed me with each story. I’m always hungry for more books, especially those that give fresh glimpses of Jesus at work through the characters’ struggle and growth. Even books that tell similar stories are unique because of the specific experiences, the author’s voice, the setting, and the plot twists.
Reading this tantalizing verse in John, I’m wistful. I want more books about Him. I want to know everything Jesus did while He walked on this earth.
Then I remember that Jesus is still at work, writing new stories in each of our lives. Even when we already know the broad strokes of who He is, He expresses His grace and truth in unique ways through our experiences, our personality, our setting, and the joys and challenges that unfurl in our lives. He longs for each of us to add to the library of praise to our God.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank You all You’ve done and continue to do. Tell Your story in fresh ways today in our lives. Write Your love on our hearts. Amen.
Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us” – uplifting and entertaining novels about ordinary people called to extraordinary challenges. She’s won several Carol awards for both contemporary Christian fiction and fantasy, and was a Christy Awards finalist for The Restorer – a genre-blending adventure of a soccer-mom in an alternate world. When she isn’t wrestling with words, Sharon enjoys speaking to conferences, retreats, and church groups. She and her family make their home in the Midwest.