How Our Stories Reveal God’s Bigger Story

Christin BakerEach of our stories are being used by God for a greater narrative. Here’s some encouragement from Blogger Voices Network Contributor Christin Baker to tell us how and why our stories are not our own. And bloggers, please link up your wonderful words below!


The other day I ran into someone I knew at our local library. I hadn’t seen her in awhile, so I asked the standard question: “How are you doing?” She looked down, and paused. She didn’t put on a fake smile. She couldn’t pretend that everything was ok. She went on to share about an unexpected loss she had recently endured in her family.

That day, through tears and tight hugs, God set up a divine appointment for our paths to cross. As my kids played in the play area, I was able to offer a much-needed listening ear. I also shared my story of a devastating miscarriage, and the painful loss of my father at a young age.

In that moment, the Holy Spirit enabled me to offer love and compassion with the same comfort I had received in my own dark moments of despair. As we parted ways, I will never forget her words. “Christin, you are always filled with such joy, and during the hard times in my life, you always show up!” (We ran into each other years ago during another difficult season in her life.)

Now that’s what I call a divine appointment!

As I think back on our exchange, I wonder what would have happened had I not shared pieces of my story. Our stories are sometimes messy and painful. But we just never know how much someone else may need to hear our stories to get them through the next day.

The events and circumstances the Lord allows in our lives are not meant to be kept to ourselves, but to share with others. The single threads in our stories point others to the woven tapestry of God’s bigger story.

His story of unending love, grace, and glorious splendor.

Stories of Ordinary People

God’s Word is filled with stories of ordinary people like you and me who were used in extraordinary ways, unveiling the curtain to reveal the greatest Storyteller of all time.

The story of Abraham tell us that we too, can become a friend of God. (James 2:23)

The story of Joseph reminds us that the power of forgiveness is stronger than the power of evil. (Genesis 50:20)

The story of Moses lets us know that we can speak for God despite our insecurities. (Exodus 4:15)

The story of Ruth and Naomi tells us that though we endure bitter suffering, we are not left without a kinsman-redeemer. (Ruth 4:14)

The story of David shows us that despite our sins and shortcomings, we are still royalty. (2 Samuel 7:8-9)

The story of John the Baptist declares that we can boldly prepare the way of our coming King. (Mark 1:3)

The story of Peter admonishes that though we may stumble, God can use us while He builds His Church. (Matthew 16:18)

The story of Jesus reveals God clothed in flesh, who scorned the shame of the cross to clothe us in robes of righteousness. (Hebrews 12:2)

Our Stories Are Not Our Own

So what’s your story?

How does your story of pain, purpose, tragedy and triumph weave into the greater story of our awesome God? Our stories are not our own, but for the edification and encouragement of those in need of glimpses of Christ’s glory.

So let’s use our platforms to proclaim to the nations that our Redeemer lives, and that He can redeem our stories for His grandeur and magnificent splendor!

But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth. Exodus 9:16 ESV


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I’m speaking and leading worship for my church’s ladies retreat next Friday, so I’m leaving the linkup open for two weeks. I need this week to finish preparing. Please keep me in prayer! And come back next Friday and linkup again with different posts. Thanks! ~Kelly

 


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23 Comments

  1. kellyrbaker says:

    Thanks so much for your wonderful encouragement today, Christin! I pray our stories reveal more of God’s glory and are used to bring others into the kingdom!

    1. Thanks so much for the opportunity, Kelly! Blessings to you and your family! 🙂

  2. This is exactly what I needed to hear today….since I planned to share my story. It really does feel like your’re opening your heart for all to see; I love your listing of all the Bible characters and what we learn from each of their stories, as well as your own. Thank YOU for sharing, Christin.

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      I look forward to reading your story, Ann!

    2. Aw, thanks so much, Ann! I know God will use your story to impact the lives of others! Thank you for your encouragement today! 🙂

  3. Wow … This is a beautiful perspective … indeed, our stories do “weave into the greater story of our awesome God” and that He uses every bit of our lives to bring Himself glory.

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      Amen, Dianne! Have a blessed weekend!

  4. Ahhh Christin! This post is awesome – this is exactly what the gift of prophetic encouragement is all about – looking and being available for the God appointments He has for us each and every day…. and your use of the Bible is filled with stories of ordinary people – I was shouting a YES! I am sure you could here me all the way from WA state. LOL Thanks for sharing this with us today. Blessings.

    1. Thanks Debbie! I am looking forward to learning more about the gift of prophetic encouragement through your awesome resource! I shout “Amen” with you all the way from Michigan! lol 🙂

  5. This is so true, Christin. It’s hard to walk through our journeys sometimes and knowing there are others going through it with us can help make it easier.

  6. What a blessing that you ran into your friend that day, Christin. And that you were prepared to use your own stories to help her through her story. Beautiful truth–> “Our stories are not our own, but for the edification and encouragement of those in need of glimpses of Christ’s glory.” Amen.

    1. Thanks Lisa! I am so thankful for the divine appointments God brings our way when we least expect it! 🙂

  7. Christin, what a beautiful story of the way God works in our lives putting us together with others at just the right time! We need not be afraid to share our stories, because there might be something that would encourage someone else going through something similar. Blessings to you!

    1. Yes, Gayl! This is so true! It is such an honor to be used to help others, especially when we have endured similar circumstances. Blessings to you! 🙂

  8. You’re so right, Christin: Our stories are not our own. It’s so easy for me to tell my self that no one wants to hear what I have to say, but that’s a lie.

    Hey! This reminds me of the Big Daddy Song ‘My Story.’ To tell you my story IS to tell you of God.

    Great post!

  9. Wow, Christin! I love the way you summarize those Bible stories with a teaching point from each person’s life. Thanks for helping me take a broader perspective this morning!

  10. I appreciate this emphasis, both on our own stories being part of the big picture, and also the truth (which we so often forget!) that all of Scripture is one huge redemptive story, and the plot moves forward, even when it appears that all is lost.
    This reminds me to stick close to God’s story when I’m working hard to share other, lesser stories!

  11. Christin, when we think about our story being God’s story it really puts a different perspective on things. Just this past week I shared how God is calling me to write my story in the middle of the mess. Now, I’m reminded that it’s not necessarily for my healing but perhaps for someone else’s. All the glory goes to Him.
    Blessings to you and the BVN team!

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