Wait….are these stories REAL?!?

“….or just a something that they made up?”

I have had Alex, my eldest, ask me this twice this week.  On Sunday, they were looking at the story of Moses and the Exodus.  We also focused on this over the summer during Vacation Bible School.  It’s one of his favorites, but also a reason he thinks Egypt is a bad place (slightly stressful response as our dear friends are currently LIVING in Egypt and he often comments about worrying for Emma and Theo’s safety because of the bad king).

Anyhow, we were reviewing the story and he looked up and questioned, “Wait…..are these stories REAL?!??!  Did people really cross the Red Sea?  Is that just a made up story?”

And again today, while watching Veggie Tales, trying to stay low key and rest a NASTY lip injury from too much tag fun in unsupported, rubber rain boots….we watched the story of Esther.  The unlikely heroine.  The woman who bravely stood up for truth is a very sticky situation.

So the question came out again…..”Wait….is this real???!!!  Esther really was a lady?  A queen?”

And for me, the answer is yes.  The book isn’t just shelved in “fiction” next to Frog and Toad and Amelia Bedelia.  It’s not even in the “historical fiction” section.  It’s the real deal.  Yes, the writers were human.  They recorded stories and events as they saw them, from their own perspectives, biases, memories, and bends.  But, yes.  They were “for real”.

And these two stories in particular share the reality of two unlikely choices.  Two people who never believed God would call THEM into these places of leadership.  Places where tough decisions had to be made.  Places where they would be pushed in ways they didn’t feel were possible.

I love the song by the late Rich Mullins about them both….Who God Is Gonna Use.  Read a bit of the lyrics—–

And a princess pulled a baby out of the water 
He was hidden in the rushes 
Sleeping in a basket made of reeds 
And you never know who God is gonna use 
A princess or a baby 
Or maybe even you or me 

Now Esther she was a beauty 
Who was pleasing to a man 
And the man that she was pleasing was a king 
But her people’s lives were threatened 
By some wicked men’s plans 
Nobody knew just how the lord was gonna intervene 
Well Mordecai her uncle he was honest but he was smart 
And he knew that Esther’s beauty was a gift 
He said “Maybe you could cook some supper 
Maybe you could change a king’s heart 
Who knows but what you come into the world 
For such a time as this” 

And a princess pulled a baby out of the water 
He was hidden in the rushes 
Sleeping in a basket made of reeds 
And you never know who God is gonna use 
A princess or a baby 
Or maybe even you or me 

Not only are they true, Alex, but you never know who God is gonna use.  Might be a princess.  Or a baby.  Or maybe even you and me.

In a world of reality tv (and yes, I’m a junkie) and fictional stories or news stories filled with speculation and lies, there is a Truth.  Something that is foundational.  Real.  And life-changing.

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