From My Heart to Yours
I have worn many hats over the course of my life and as I approach another birthday at the beginning of next year I'm reflecting on them. I've been a daughter, mother, wife, pastor’s spouse, grandmother, realtor, office manager, tennis competitor, and friend.
We all have a story and I’ve heard it said that you don’t have a “good” story until you’ve been through adversity. But the good I find is through the power of your inner God-given strengths and support of others that helps you make it through.
How about you? Do you have a “good” story? Well, if not, live a little longer and you will. I recently revisited a woman that I read about for the first time in fourth grade, and I thought then, “I want to be as courageous as this woman.” If you’re not familiar with Harriet Tubman, it would be to your benefit to be familiar with her story. A movie was just released about her life. She was born a slave in the state of Maryland and could not read or write. Her parents were separated on different plantations. She escaped in her 20s and found her way to freedom. But she was not content with her freedom alone but went back 11 more times to free more than 70 slaves.
She was an incredible woman of faith. She also was the only woman general in the Civil War where she was able to free 750 slaves from southern plantations. In her 70s, she founded a home for the infirmed and elderly where all people, black or white, could receive free healthcare. On her gravestone it says simply, “Servant of God. Well Done”. What incredible faith, coupled with action.
I personally believe the seven most important words in the Bible are these, “Fear not, for I am with you”. I have learned to trust these words, for they are true. I, too, have a “good” story. Life has a way of knocking us down and God has a way of picking us back up. We are not promised a pain-free existence but we are promised that the God of the universe will be with us. What more can we ask for? I would love to hear your “good” story.