Whether you believe or not
It is true.
Your story, the truth of it, what that truth has taught you, what God desires you not keep boxed up.
Your gift is your belonging because of or despite your story.
You’re gifted with stuff you should never stuff down
Nor keep tightly wrapped
Nor keep it hidden in the darkness of your heart.
The events that made you, the hard, the happy, the glorious.
There are times I believe it’s essential to remember the before things, it’s beneficial to not forget the ugly so that you can smile when you communicate to others the pretty.
I told a story twice yesterday. The story of this drawing, a drawing in my Bible, a print I call a “margin girl”.
The professional gently turned the pages of my Bible, she positioned the page on the scanner.
With the first of my five she asked what I called it and I answered.
The drawing depicts the story of the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’s garment and was made well.
We examined the print closely together, the lines so clear, the color so vivid.
I thanked her.
I told her that this is one of my favorite stories.
She paused and said she didn’t know it.
So I told her.
I told her I wonder if the color is too graphic, the deep red that encircles the woman’s gown that represents blood, years of incapacitating menstrual flow.
She listened as I continued with remembering how Jesus was intentional in finding her. He wanted her to know her faith had made her well.
Go in peace.
Later, I sold this print and three others. I stood with two women who knew this story and now, the story of God and my art.
Now, they know that little bit of my story.
Not kept hidden, wrapped tight or concealed for dread of paralyzing trigger.
No, our stories are gifts.
We’re gifted and we’re givers.
Share your story, feel your soul open wider, your heart expand to allow others in.
Know the glow they’re seeing, the soft fire in your eyes.
No, you don’t see what they see.
But, oh my goodness you surely feel it.
So, that thing or things that made you stronger, wiser, sure and surer of mercy and grace?
Give it to others.
“And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Luke 7:50 ESV
Share and give.
Continue and believe.