I need encouragement.
Friday, November 9, 2018 by Janent Perez Eckles

“C’mon, tell them your story,” my friend nudged me.

I smiled but my heart said no.

How could I share my story with these two teenagers who showed up to collect for a camping trip? They had knocked at the door, hoping to get some money and be on their way.

But my friend, who hosted me in her house, insisted. “Come in. Have a seat,” she said to them, “wait till you hear this story.”

I squirmed. This audience of two was not eager to sit through the details of my transition from sighted to blind.

I grinned with an apologetic smile. But, having no choice, I began to relate my journey including God’s redeeming love and spiritual healing.

“She’s crying,” my friend whispered to me when I finished.

For obvious reasons, I had no idea the young girl had only one eye. They stayed and stayed telling us their own story, the trauma they endured brought tears to our eyes.

“God brought us to this house for a reason,” they said. “We know He’s real.”

That night they found hope.

And I found a hint of the power of God when we put aside our resistance to tell what He has done.

And He has done something for all of us, big or small, powerful or light. We all have a detail that shines of His goodness. We all have crossed from some valley to a mountain top. And because He took us through that journey, He says, tell it. Don’t hide it. Show it because “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

Opportunities to show His light surround us. They whisper to us. And call us to still believe, still be bold, and still know He goes before us in moments trivial to us, but mighty for Him

From now on, rather than hesitate, these words will echo in me: “I’m coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 22:12-13).

Let’s Pray

Father, remove from me any hesitation to share what You have done for me. Open more doors to tell of Your faithfulness and Your goodness at work. In Jesus’ name, amen.

What part of your story does God want you to share?


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