Storyteller

Written by on July 14, 2011

Storyteller

“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?

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Comments
  1. Lynn (another one)   On   July 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Lynn,
    I had no idea about that car accident. What an incredible ordeal you endured.
    What an intriguing way to tie in the story teller with Jesus and your own story.
    Prayers for you…
    Lynn

    • Lynn Hare   On   July 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you, Lynn. It was one of the most incredibly overwhelming experiences of my life. But it’s where my passion for intercession and trust in God’s power was birthed.
      Thanks for your comment! I always love to hear from you.

  2. Cathy   On   July 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Great post Lynn.
    Recently I was worrying a lot about something I had to do later in the week. Jon told me to pray about it and give it to God. I did and then I had no more anxiety about it at all! That something I had to do came and went and God protected me through it all. :] I love that about Him.
    -Cathy

    • Lynn Hare   On   July 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      Cathy, how awesome that you felt a peace like that after praying – God is faithful. I love that about God. It’s cool that your husband encouraged you to give it over to the Lord. You guys make a great team.

  3. Your Sister Kathy   On   July 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    “Casting the whole of your care—all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all—on Him; for He cares for you affectionately, and cares about you watchfully.” Amplified New Testament …..Do you ever read this verse and think, Wow, I forgot about that! (I just did!)

    • Lynn Hare   On   July 23, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      It’s been a while since I took a look at that verse. I love the Amplified N.T. – “affectionately” and “watchfully” are great pictures. When I think about casting cares on Him, I wish it were a one-time process. But I seem to give the anxieties & worries to Him, then take them back. Really, wouldn’t it be easier if it were a once-and-for-all deal: “Jesus, here You go. They’re all Yours. For good.” (Why would I want them back, anyway?!)

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