“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story…”
Telling my story can be one of the most difficult tasks that I have been given, for I fear people – the ones who will hear my story. Tumultuous questions rampage through my mind. What will people say? How will they respond? Will they criticize? Will they laugh? Will they judge?
These questions can roar like a lion in my heart and have the potential to trample the seeds of courage taking root. Yet, I cannot help but wonder if this is one of the tactics – the schemes – of our enemy who prowls like a roaring lion, seeking whom he can devour.
He wants to devour our stories.
For woven within the tapestries of our stories are threads of God’s love, grace, mercy, and hope. In our stories, God writes with the pen of his divine sovereignty and goodness. There is great potential to bring encouragement – to literally bring courage to the hearts of others – with our stories. Is it any wonder that one of the greatest blockades to sharing our lives with others is fear of what they may say and think? Perhaps we mistakenly think that people want to see perfection.
People don’t need fabricated perfectionism. They need authentic realism.
Many months ago God called me to walk through a season of winter…of silence…of dark…of listening…of not doing…of learning to be.
As we have walked through this journey together, he has revealed much to me of himself and of myself. One of the lessons that he has shown me is that he is the Guardian of my heart and he is the Provider of the courage that I so desperately need to be real and sincere.
In this season I was also able to complete an allegory of my salvation story and learning to walk in freedom of the love of God in his Kingdom of Light – kind of like Pilgrim’s Progress. He is the one who is able to shatter the darkness that binds and keeps me from walking forward by faith and trust in him.
With this in mind, I want to share this story with you. Today, May 13, it is free in the kindle version across all amazon sites, so there is no cost to you:D
I have tried to simplify this story to make it easier to understand so that through it your heart may know the goodness of the Lamb, and my prayer is that you will find courage as you read its pages.
In him who loves us always, forever, no matter what and whose light can shatter the darkness:D
J. H. Lee