Monday, November 15, 2010

Being Real

A few years ago, there was a thread on theooze.com titled "Which story are you in?" As I thought about what story I was in at the time, I thought of one of my favorite all-time stories - "The Velveteen Rabbit". The story is about a stuffed rabbit who becomes real because of the love of a little boy.

As I thought about all that has transpired in my journey the last few years, I thought how God's love is making me "real." The process has not been without pain. In the story the Skin Horse tells the Velveteen Rabbit that becoming real may hurt but that when you do become real you don't mind the hurt. So it is with being formed into the image of Christ - the hurt pales in comparison to the final result, so in some sense you really don't mind it.

The Skin Horse also said that while you might not seem real to others, the one that matters is the one that is causing you to become real through their love. Again that has its parallel in the process of becoming like Jesus. You come to the place where the only one whose opinion of you matters is God.

Obviously, I have a long way to go in the process of becoming real. But God is working.

What story are you in?

3 comments:

Kansas Bob said...

Hmmm.. which story am I in?

In effort to be real I have to say that, sadly, the story of Job seems to be the one that I have most resonated with these past few years. I do not like it but I am hopeful (sort of) to get a Job-like ending to my story.

Bet you are glad you asked. :)

co_heir said...

Bob, thanks for sharing that. It isn't until we hear the stories of other people that we begin to know them. I hope with you that the ending of your story is a beautiful one.

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