Sunday night I had an opportunity I don’t get very often.
I was asked to share my testimony with a group of about 30 prayer warriors.
All the ugly parts.
All the painful parts.
All the scary parts….and…
All the beautifully redemptive parts.
It is a gift to be given such an opportunity.
But it is hard….
To share my testimony is to become vulnerable in front of a stranger. To share the full force of what God has done in my life is to open up and expose some terrible missteps and pray that you still offer me grace after you know who I’ve been.
It is a fearsome opportunity to show that God can and does deliver, heal and redeem in fantastic and wonderful ways.
I have been working through Donald Miller’s book, Storyline. It is an incredible adventure into discovering God’s plan for your life and your purpose in His Kingdom. It’s been fun and interesting and hard and scary all rolled into one, but as I look over my timeline and use the positive and negative turns of my life to discern a theme, I see what Jesus has been telling me all along.
I am a wounded healer. I have been redeemed. And I am to use my story of healing and deliverance to draw others to the same well of healing and deliverance. Jesus will use my brokenness to heal others’ brokenness.
Sunday night was a confirmation of that theme in my life.
Of that purpose in my life.
Thank you to those of you who were there listening. It was a fearsome gift indeed.