I think Kipling was right!
I’ve forgotten many a history lesson on World War II, but will always remember hearing the stories of Holocaust survivor Agi Geva; I was in the audience that day. At one point she rolled up her sleeve to display a number permanently stamped onto her arm. Her message was clear, “Never forget!”
Stories are powerful, whether told in person or captured by pen. Here’s an example:
Imagine that you are writing an article about trusting God. You might quote Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
But what would happen if you added a story? Maybe one about someone like my friend Tracy Lane.
Now six months pregnant, Tracy and her husband recently learned that their second child will be born with a rare congenital heart defect. And they’ve been told that baby Annie will need to have at least three open heart surgeries before she is even three years old. Those aren’t easy words for an expectant mother to hear!
“I have screamed one question through steamy tears into my unanswering car windshield,” she wrote in her January 14 blog post. “Groaned into silent pillow cases many nights, and shouted bitterly into the innocent water drops that are supposed to wash me clean each morning.”
And then she shares the question that she often asks God: “Were You just asleep for a few minutes while her left atrium and ventricle were supposed to be forming?! Too busy that day?! Out golfing?! What were You thinking?!”
Much like Job in the Bible, Tracy knows what it’s like to feel despair. And she also knows what it is to trust without understanding. By the end of her post she writes, “I still don’t have answers, but I cling to truth.”
Yes, stories are powerful. They give life to truth. And they remind us that some truths are just too powerful to ever forget!
Story Journey: (The post “How to begin to tell your personal stories” introduces Story Journey.) This week think about one of your favorite Bible verses. Then write a story that brings it to life. How have you applied that particular verse to your life?
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You may be interested in reading:
Heart for Annie (Tracy’s blog)