When I embarked on 30 Days of Story, I honestly thought…I will get to read amazing stories, my readers will get a break from my world and get to read inspiring stories, and God will be glorified as we all witness his faithfulness in new, tangible ways.
That much was true.
I also thought I’d copy and paste stories into my blog and that’d be it. After all, I am not really the writer.
Oh, how wrong I was.
Writing became a full-time job in November. And, I loved every moment. I was blessed by each conversation, each editing decision, each comment…I really have no words.
The women I met – those who wrote stories and those who commented – have taught me much. I am so thankful God chose for our lives to intersect. I have made new friends, found a mentor, and begun a book.
And, while all that’s great, I am most in awe of God’s work through the stories. Because these women were faithful in sharing their stories, He was glorified.
Even this morning as I sat at the dentist, the sweet gal “buffing” my filling thanked me for the stories – who knew she read? Not me.
But, God knew. He used the stories to make himself famous and connect those who most needed one another. Wow.
As I closed the series, I was continually asked one question: Where’s your story, Sarah?
I fully intended to share my story on December 1, and many knew that. Those who know my story thought it was time and supported the decision. However, as that day neared, God interrupted that intention in a few ways…
One…through Twitter, I won a story coaching session with Elora Ramirez. Elora and I have a Skype date this Friday. I feel it’s wise to have this session before sharing.
Two…some work has to be done before I share. It’s not finished. So, God whispered wait.
Three…it’s hard to write your own story. Harder than I thought. As I prayed with and over the gals sharing during 30 Days, I began to fully comprehend the weight of putting your life on display for all to see. But, as my friend, Elisa, wrote “our stories are not written on paper nor stone but inscribed on our hearts. And they are meant to be shared with others as a way of teaching about who God is and who we are in Christ.”
I want Christ to be glorified through my life. That’s my reason for being…that He may be glorified. So, until God’s worked on my heart, and I can pen my story in a way that clearly demonstrates who God is and who we are to be in Christ, it’s not ready to be published. For now, my story still smacks a bit of me, my hurt, and my anger. I can read it in my “voice.”
So, I wait. I pray.
I also encourage you to write your story. Not for a blog, but for Him. If you have trouble getting started, I recommend this post and activity from Elora: The Life Inventory.
I had to complete this inventory before my story coaching session, and it’s been fun, gut-wrenching, and revealing.
Story. God has written mine and yours. Whether you like the story He’s chosen for you or not, please use it as a witness to others. Show others how He works in and through suffering, sin, and setbacks. Tell the story, then share the gospel – the greatest story every told. I promise you’ll see lives changed. He redeems – just read these stories…
Deepest, heartfelt thanks to each of the ladies who shared in November. I can’t thank you enough. Your love of and faithfulness to your Creator is evident and inspiring.