There is a certain level of vulnerability when we accept the challenge to write brave. Once we say yes, there will be obstacles to overcome. Why? Because writing brave paves the way for crooked paths to be made straight, for broken hearts to be made whole, and for depression to be replaced with joy.
For me, it was fear, anxiety and depression. But what led me there was not so much the telling of the story but the “what will people think” mentality. Yes, I was a victim. But the revisiting of my past brought a certain level of ache that I hadn’t experienced in a long time. I feared some would question the reason why I decided to bring this part of my story out of the darkness into the light, if in fact God had already healed and redeemed me from it. But what I realized is that in the writing, in the telling of the story, there were fragmented parts of me that weren’t quite healed. My heart is still broken in some places and in desperate need of being filled with God’s unconditional love.
When we choose to be vulnerable and lay words out for all to read, there is a certain level of risk.
Risk of rejection.
Risk of pain.
Risk of rebuke.
Risk of failure.
When we yield our stories to the Holy Spirit, the outcome of our story no longer belongs to us, but it belongs to Him. You see, there was an ending to my story. But the story continues to speak to this day. Will I allow my story to be shared, so that others can be brought out of darkness into His light? Even in a story filled with pain and fear, there is grace, healing and redemption to be found. [Tweet “There is overwhelming peace as we lay hold of the Living Word and allow Him to write our stories.”]
Do I believe every story must be told? No. These stories, they belong to us. There is history folded within the pages of our lives that no other person will experience. Some of these stories will be kept tucked away in our hearts, never to be shared.
But I also believe every story can be told, when you are called to be brave by the lover of your soul, who promises that He will go before you and pave the way. When you are prayed up, and know that God has called your story out of darkness, then what else can you do but allow darkness to meet the light?
What if we decide to write brave and tell our stories? What if we tell our stories and someone is healed. What if we tell our stories and someone is set free? What if we tell our stories and a life was saved? When we rise from the ashes with wobbly knees and hearts beating fast with sweat dripping from our brow and we say yes to God, we can be sure of one thing: God will be glorified.
What story is he calling you to write? Will you ask Him to make you brave in the sharing? The rest is up to Him.
*Linked up with my dear friend Beth for Three Word Wednesday, on a Thursday.