Sustenance for the archives+: Common

Sustenance from the archives+ (27)

Most stories have several things in common. It does not matter whether they are true stories or of the Hans Christian Andersen variety with princes, and dragons. And princesses who are saved by princes from dragons (animals or evil, dragon like people). Or princesses who find some way to save themselves or the prince.

What stories have in common are a plot, a beginning, an in-between with twists and turns, and an end. Some leave me with a smile on my face and others have me wanting back the hours I wasted reading it. But we all know that is not possible, regaining time that is.

Another thing common to stories is there is also an author for each story. Stories do not just appear out of nowhere.

I think about my own story and the One who is writing it. I think of how, through the psalmist-king David (what a story he had!), in Psalm 139, He speaks of my beginning – “You knit me together in my mother’s womb … all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be” (verses 13 and 16).

Father, I do not always understand each chapter but I want to collaborate with You where You want me to and not have too many parts included in my story that You never intended to be there.

Today’s post is for Day 23 of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” that is part of the 31 Days Free Writes writing challenge. The prompt is, “Common.” The original version of this post was published on August 2, 2013, as “Five Minute Friday: Story.” To read Day 22’s post please click on the link below.

Day 22: Help




Reasons to Praise: Day 23 – Look


I look multiple times a day, that is, I turn or direct my eyes in a particular direction. Sometimes the look is a glance, brief or hurried. Sometimes the look is a stare, with eyes wide open. Sometimes, when I am angry, the look is a glare. Fierce. Of the if-looks-could-kill-you-would-be-dead type. At other times, the look is a stare triggered by disbelief, “I cannot believe what I am seeing. Seriously? You are in the store in your pajamas?”-look; followed by conviction because I am shown that I am being judgmental. The look can also be a peer, when I am trying to see something but doing so is difficult.

So I can look, glance, glare, stare, peer, but how often do I see? That is, truly notice or become aware of what I have turned my eyes toward?


Father, I do not just want to look at You, turn my eyes in Your direction. I want to see You because what I see transforms me. Help me to see You. Help me see as You see.


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This post is number 23 of the series, “Reasons to Praise.” Joining Kate Motaung for 31 days of Five Minute Free Writes.