“He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. (Prov. 11:25)
“Hey, kids, gather round!” the young librarian announced. “Come hear an exciting story – you won’t want to miss this!” My three children joined dozens of others crowding round a Latino speaker at the library. He told a story about the relentless courage he demonstrated in overcoming tough obstacles on the way to entering the U.S. The children leaned forward expectantly.
Jesus was a master storyteller. He spoke in parables that inspired strong and weak, young and old, men and women alike. As he painted pictures with His words, people came from miles away to learn about the Kingdom of God. They were hungry for Jesus’ hope.
We all have stories of how we have come to know God more fully through adversity. For example, I was in a car accident in 1988 on a back road with my 4-month-old son beside me. During the collision, my baby sustained a severe head injury and I had multiple back and foot injuries. God sent help in the form of a motorist who happened down that street, saw what happened, and phoned for an ambulance.
God called upon thousands of prayer warriors who interceded while my son and I underwent surgery. The Lord provided a medical team who saved our lives. He gave us gradual healing in our bodies and emotions. And He told me to proclaim His power to others.
By the way, today that son is my 23-year-old Ben, recently married – a smart, capable, Godly young man.
As we relate the power of God to others with the intent of building them up, a unique but powerful process takes shape. Sharing how God showed up to deliver us from harm gives others hope. It reinforces in our own minds our relationship with God as we tell about experiences with Him. When we share testimonies of His power, we are shored up. We gain confidence for the future.
Who can you share your story about God’s faithfulness with today?