“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.”
This past week I watched someone I love share their story to help someone else find strength and courage in their time of need. God’s goodness and grace is evident when we share what God has brought us through, and hope is poured out into the recipient.
The longer I walk with the Lord, the more I see Him show up when things get messy. Honestly, when things start getting worse and it looks like all hope is gone, look for Him. Jesus delayed and let Lazarus lay four days in the tomb so He could raise him from the dead. He wasn’t late like they thought. Sometimes it looks like a delay in our life, but really, it’s strategic timing for what He has planned. I find it interesting that even after Lazarus was raised from the dead, it wasn’t all perfect and peaceful. The chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus because his testimony was spreading like wildfire. Isn’t that beautiful, you get raised from the dead and then you’re on the hit list for the miracle!
The enemy doesn’t want our story to get out. I want you to know that whatever the Lord has brought you through, healed or delivered you from, and saved you out of, is the testimony He has given you to share so that others may have hope and believe. Don’t let the fear of judgement or skepticism hold you back from giving God the glory.
Brennon Manning wrote, “In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.” I encourage you today to come out of that grave when Jesus calls your name, and when you take off those grave clothes don’t erase the story because someone needs to hear it. Jesus loves you AND your story of restoration and healing!