Why would anybody display her life story? Why, in all of it's pain and vulnerability, would she make it visible to the world?
As long as we keep our fists clenched around our experience...
As long as we keep secret the terrible things of this world...
As long as our mouths are gagged and the truth is concealed...
...the enemy will have free reign over all the details. He'll twist and turn and confuse, until the fear of judgment or loss is so big that our stories lay dormant. They're rendered useless.
La'Porsha and Fantasia know what it is so suffer silently, but no more. They are not their own and we are not our own. We were bought at a high price - by the very blood of a Savior who paid for our bodies in love. For our minds. For our stories. He bought the manuscript before we ever had time to edit our ugly away.
"And I’ll stride freely through wide open spaces as I look for your truth and your wisdom; Then I’ll tell the world what I find, speak out boldly in public, unembarrassed. (Psalm 119:47)
When we surrender every last detail of our stories to the One who conquered even death, they become powerful. When the minutiae of our lives are covered by the Creator, our words become sharper than a double-edged sword. He laces them with truth as He builds our courage, and it's truth that sets us free.
That night, as one of the judges shook his head over the beauty of the womens' performance, he shared this, "It's like an unstoppable force met and un-moveable object. That's what that moment was."
He may have believed he was talking about their singing, but I know with everything in me, it was their unapologetic hope he witnessed on stage that night. Be sure that God showed up when He was given ownership of the story.
Maybe our stories aren't meant to remain 'ours' after all. Maybe they were never ours to begin with. The healing is always more miraculous than is the risk to tell the truth about the Healer.
- What experiences have you had that somebody else might relate to?
- Have you allowed God access to heal those places or do you still experience the enemy's mind tricks?
- Who "gets" you?
- Who might benefit from hearing your story?