How often do we tell others our story? Not often, if you’re like me. I’m kind of shy about matters that are “private.” It’s easy to talk about non-personal things: the weather, car troubles, high prices, and current events. Less easy for me are things like: my children (except to brag), money struggles, problems at work, and church life.
However, it’s in those moments of transparency that we’re most likely to connect with others and share our relationship with God, so I’m trying to do better. Meeting “Kay” helped me to see the purpose and the excellent reasons for being more transparent and open about things I ‘d prefer to keep private.
When I met Kay, we were sharing lunch at a local writer’s group. The group is focused on professional goals and development, but the lunch allowed us to discuss other, more personal topics that are closer to home. The conversation turned to children and pregnancy, and Kay related the story of her first full-term pregnancy. She had several failed pregnancies before–finally–she made it to five months. Then, the terrible pain struck, so familiar and dreaded! Right away, she got medical attention. The doctor checked everything out and concluded that–get this–she had a kidney stone.
Kay told us she was so relieved to hear that she ONLY had a kidney stone! At this point, she shared how she was so thankful to God for His mercy. The kidney stone passed, her pregnancy progressed, and she has a beautiful child as a result!
Do you see the progression in her story? Kay told us about her private struggle with failed pregnancies, her horrible moment of terror, and her deliverance. She turned the subject to God’s mercy and care. She didn’t have to share this event, but by doing so, she brought glory to God. It was easy. It was natural and unforced.
The conversation moved on to other subjects, but His story stuck with me. I learned from that moment of transparency, and I am determined to be more willing to share my stories and make them about His story.
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” Colossians 1:11-12
” And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17