Wonderful, quirky, with hang-ups, with secrets, with insecurities, with successes, with failure, with fears….
Isn’t it the truth! I began watching some clips on TBN by Paul Young the author of The Shack, and other books. (I loved The Shack – no debate there.) He said something I haven’t been able to set aside.
Everyone doesn’t HAVE a story – everyone IS a story.
My sister and I have undertaken the task of writing our life story for the sake of our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. We are both neck deep in notes, photos, old slides, composition books, journals and other sundry historical accounts of our life.
The people, events, and experiences that have made us, uniquely us.
Why do we say the things we say?
Why do we do the things we do?
How is it that I feel this way about that thing?
All of these questions, and more, are finding answers as we go layer-upon-layer of our story.
A scripture, which gives me great comfort and encouragement, is 2 Corinthians 1.3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction [troubles], so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction [trouble], with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (ESV)
THAT, right there, answers a multitude of queries!
Why did that happen?
In my own life I’ve learned to use my experiences for the benefit of others. I cannot tell you how many times I ‘just happen’ to run across a woman who is going through a trial similar to one I’ve lived through! I know exactly what to say – and if she’s willing and open? I can share with her what to do and what not to do.
STORY – you are one.
And, every happenstance, every experience, every tear, every trial, every joy, every elation is a chapter. The story isn’t over until you are! And, like my sister and I are learning and realizing our story is a continuance of those before us.
O! Won’t heaven be grand! When all the Jesus-loving storytellers gather and our story is finally over…
Or, better yet, perhaps it just begins!