For a while now, I’ve felt an urging to start telling stories. As in, the ones that God is currently writing. We know it’s his way of speaking and illustrating the things He wants us to understand about Himself. The Bible is made up of stories of what God has done, through ordinary, often completely jacked-up people, so that we might glean an understanding of His character, His promises, and His ultimate plan for humanity.
The Bible is full of God’s glory and often short on the glory of man. Can you imagine if some of your most inglorious, depraved moments were recorded in a book that all of humankind throughout the ages would read and examine? God did. And he ordained that the telling of these stories would serve His purposes, for His glory and our good.
If we don’t tell our stories, the hard things, the dark parts, the kind of stories that don’t glorify us but rather expose our wounds and shame, we do our Father and His work, and ultimately His glory, a great disservice. He is a beauty-from-ashes, redeeming-the-broken-things kind of God.
We tell these stories to remind us to cling to His Grace, and release the chains of upholding the golden veneer of a shiny life. We tell them because our greatest purpose in existing is to bring glory to the God in the highest.
When I first started this blog, the one thing I knew with certainty, was that I was supposed to write about “the hard things.” That’s all He gave me, and I was a tad nervous, not knowing what that might entail. I’m still nervous. Every time I share something about myself and click publish, there is a little part of me that wants to crawl in a hole when I think about releasing that bit of me to the world at large. My stomach churns. So, will you pray for this series with me? Pray for the stories that He wants to tell to come my way? Pray for the brave souls that I convince to share themselves? And then help me by sharing the stories with people you know who may need to hear them?
So be on the lookout for these stories on my blog. Hold me to it. Because the work God is doing happens to be my favorite. It lights a fire in my soul like nothing else.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9