I Love To Tell The Story

I’m not sure about you, but I regularly text myself with ideas of new series to binge watch on Netflix or Prime. Any time someone says they enjoyed watching a show, I quickly send myself a message the title of the series. Typically I ask how many seasons there are, looking for a sweet spot between 3 and 7. Less than 3 and it’s over before it begins. More than 7 and I lose interest. That’s right, I’m on to the next best thing.

“For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.” Psalm 107:9

My current lifestyle seems to mirror this pattern. It’s not unique to a Netflix series, it encompasses many aspects of my life. Whether it’s searching for a new restaurant or online shopping for new shoes (you wouldn’t believe how many shopping carts I have started), pinning images of new hairstyles or imagining a new paint color in the living room – I’m often onto the next best thing. Can you relate? It’s what this world teaches us now. Take in what you can, in the moment… and then move on. Find something a bit more exciting, fulfilling, gratifying. Keep chasing.

So how can Jesus expect us to embrace this idea of hearing and sharing His story over and over again? With the pace of life, it’s no wonder why this idea is foreign to us. I recently listened to the old hymn “I Love To Tell The Story” and it caused me to reflect on why should we approach the Bible and it’s message differently. I’ve found two concepts that can help us shift our thinking and embrace the Word of God over and over again. {Or for the first time… if you haven’t read it yet, no worries! Jesus is just waiting for you to dive in.}

  1. The good news is (and it is Good News) that God’s message is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. But our lives are not. As we gain more experiences and deepen our relationship with Christ we have different take-a-ways from His Word. This means His message never gets old, it’s filled with relevancy that is appropriate to each and every season. Tackling the book of Esther for the second, third or fourth time isn’t like watching a re-run of your favorite sitcom. He crafted His Word with this in mind.
  2. It satisfies like nothing else while it keeps you craving for more. Sure, it’s the same words written down that you read over and over again. But if you allow yourself begin – just start the journey in the Word, you’ll thirst for more. It will satisfy something inside you that nothing else can. You won’t need to chase the next best thing. It will fill you to the depths of your soul. As the old hymn by Katherine Hankey says “I love to tell the story; For those who know it best, Seem hungering and thirsting, To hear it like the rest… I love to tell the story; It satisfies my longings, As nothing else can do.”

And that’s what keeps me at the edge of my seat, coming back. That’s what motivates me to hear the story and tell the story. It’s just that good, it’s worth repeating. So I’m hoping these words will encourage both of us to begin or revisit scripture again… and again. Because it delivers satisfaction that is irreplaceable, it fills us with the JOY God intended for our lives. Give it some thought and consideration – join me in reading Esther or some of Paul’s writings. It’s the same story but you’re not at the same place you were when you read it last. Be prepared… it will change you, satisfy you and make you want more.

Relevant Scripture: “For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.” Psalm 107:9

Father God, guide me on my scripture journey. Help me to know that the thirst I feel can only be quenched by Your Word. Take my hand and walk me into Your Story, whether it’s for the first time or 100th. Satisfy my longings. In Your Name, Amen. 

Author: Carrie Kiekhaefer

I'm Carrie Kiekhaefer and I'm passionate about finding and reflecting JOY in this life. Unfortunately, I know a lot can get in the way of that JOY. Life is messy and complicated. I'm here as a messy child of God, a natural encourager, a blogger, a coach and a designer to help you navigate through the mess. With relevant scripture, a relationship with Jesus and some honest blogs we can find, let's discover and reflect His Joy - together.

2 thoughts on “I Love To Tell The Story

  1. Ahhhhhh yesssssss. This is so true (I feel like all of my comments start the exact same way with those words haha).
    I absolutely loved the point you made that rereading scripture is unlike rewatching your favorite shows. I can completely relate to the feelings of how those experiences are utterly different. But what’s funny is like, if I’m re-watching the show with someone who has never watched it, that excitement returns to me… kind of like the excitement of sharing the Good News or simply about Jesus who’s eager and intrigued.
    Thanks for your words C! ❤

    1. Oh, the joy I find in our ongoing dialogue about faith and blogs and life. Your perspective brings a smile to my face and adds a hop in my step {if you could just add some speed to my mile time, now that would be amazing}. Let’s keep on, keeping on in this journey called life… together. Here’s to Jesus, here’s to sisters in Christ and here’s to our next coffee date. Sending love and joy! C.

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