In A Christmas Carol, Bob Cratchit took Tiny Tim to church, and Mrs. Cratchit asks how Tim behaved…
And how did little Tim behave?” asked Mrs. Cratchit, when she had rallied Bob on his credulity, and Bob had hugged his daughter to his heart’s content.
“As good as gold,” said Bob, “and better. Somehow he gets thoughtful, sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember, upon Christmas day, who made lame beggars walk and blind men see.
Could your story of redemption be pleasant and help others remember who?
I met a young lady for dinner tonight. I had not seen her in about four years. Her story of resilience, restoration, and redemption left me basking in the glory of the Lord. In fact, as I write this, I stopped at someone’s house on the way home from the meeting, and they said, “I was glowing!” The glow came from being in the presence of someone willing to share her life story of God’s healing power–an overcomer!
I’m in a Bible study with young girls where the author encourages us to “share your story.”
Revelation tells us that we overcome BY THE WORD OF OUR TESTIMONY!
Do you have a story to tell? Share it! It will be a reminder of a God who is more than able and willing to heal, restore, and redeem! Sweet Tiny Tim, by faith, knew His God would heal him (before the healing), and His life would be a testament to a God who could do anything–far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! If you are in the middle of the “wait”; the illness, the struggle– claim His finished work in your life! Tell your story with His glorious ending–healed! Restored! Redeemed!
The Message (MSG)
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!