I graduated two years ago, and certain cues like college football make me miss those days. But here’s my favorite perk of alumni status: having time to read for pleasure.
Unfortunately, I’m not far enough removed to have forgotten about long reading assignments. I remember sitting down to power through some sort of nonfiction, only to find my eyelids increasing in weight with every page turn. Often, I would glance ahead, see the author switch to first person, and think, Finally, a story! I just need to get through this next page. Even a short retelling of a personal experience was enough to motivate me.
I love stories. And I know I’m not alone. Something deep within the soul resonates with narrative.
As an author crafts the setting and context, we harness our imagination to create the scene in our mind. As he develops his characters, we begin to insert ourselves into the storyline. We find ourselves thinking, She sounds just like me! Or when someone acts a certain way, possibly out of annoyance, we can’t help but think, He totally reminds me of such-and-such.
And most of all, we live for conflict and its resolution. We love victories and long to overcome.
Today, we find ourselves in the midst of the greatest narrative. Our Rescuer has come and will come again. So we wait in the already-but-not-yet, trapped in the tension between present struggles and future glory. We experience hardship and say (only sometimes aloud), “There’s no way it’s supposed to be like this. It just can’t be.”
We can’t explain it. We just know.
Throughout the Old Testament, the Lord calls His people to remember. If you skim through the first few books of the Bible, you’ll find story after story of God’s people building altars and memorials to acknowledge His promises, provision, and protection.
Here’s a KD favorite.
In Joshua 4, the Lord tells Joshua to instruct a man from each tribe of Israel to take a stone from the middle of the Jordan River as they pass through on dry ground.
And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” (Joshua 4:5–7)
That’s why our team is using this small slice of the Internet to share stories — to call attention to the Lord’s character. Every year, we are blown away by the way He leads students to King’s Domain, supplies their financial support, and draws them closer to Himself. (And that’s not even mentioning what He does in the lives of our staff!)
As the people of God, we are called to tell of His goodness.
Then I said, “I will appeal to this, to the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah (Psalm 77:10–15)
We don’t want to simply tell you who we are or what we do. We want to help you to learn who you are, who He is, and how those two relate. He created you on purpose for a purpose.
As you read these stories of life change, I hope you hear echoes of your own journey. And more importantly, I pray each individual fades to the background and the Lord reveals Himself.
Read how students describe their personal experience at King’s Domain. We’ll be posting new ones frequently throughout the year.