Today is the birthday of Roald Dahl. You know who that is… come on. He’s the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Danny Champion of the World, Matilda… Some fun facts about this great children’s book author: he was not the best at language arts growing up–his teacher was frustrated because he used words in the wrong way, Dahl was a fighter pilot in WWII–he also got information for MI6 which is the British version of the CIA. And he did not like the movie version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because the movie was more about Wonka, not Charlie.
Dahl is one of the master storytellers. God made us to love stories–even if you don’t like reading, all the movies and TV shows you watch, somebody wrote those stories too. God even created the Bible to have stories in it, knowing that humans love stories. Jesus taught in stories, called parables–the parable of the talents, of the seed–all stories to teach us about God and salvation. Think about how much your Savior loves you, that he left all these stories for us, to help us, and to give us joy.
The followers came to Jesus and asked, “Why do you use these stories to teach the people?” 11 Jesus answered, “Only you can know the secret truths about God’s kingdom…16 But God has blessed you. You understand what you see with your eyes. And you understand what you hear with your ears.
Matthew 13: 10-11 & 16 (ERV)
Dear Lord, Thank you for filling the world with wonderful stories. Thank you for filling the Bible with stories to help teach us. Give me wisdom to learn, and patience to read my Bible. Amen.