I recently discovered something I knew…but had forgotten…
Stories are Powerful
Stories can unite or divide.
Stories can inspire people to break out of the ordinary and to become extraordinary.
Stories can move us from indifference to empathy and care.
In the beginning of our lives in a new country, we can be indifferent. Indifference is often a shield we use to help adjust…a cocoon until we feel safe enough to fly in our new environment. We can set up our houses, find the local markets, and make assumptions behind the shelter of indifference.
But then…we get to know someone. We hear their story and see their heart. And then that one person becomes two, and two becomes four, and four becomes eight. We then walk to the market and begin to see neighbors with stories to be told instead of faceless entities. We cease to be “them” and “us.” We become “we.” Their stories draw us in and capture our hearts – daring us to forever redefine the word “home.”
But, we still so often struggle with insignificance and isolation. Our story seems insignificant, often painful, and we don’t see how it can be worth reading. We forget that there is a loving Author who knows not only the end of our story but every word from beginning to end.
We need to hear the stories of women who walk the same road we do. Women who are perhaps farther along in the novel of their life. Women who have struggled through the literal “valleys of the shadow of death” and marched to the top of their mountains of triumph. We need to laugh with those who have had chapters of comedy. We can empathize with those who are living a documentary when all they want to live is a romance.
Until we see, hear, and know their stories, we can’t see how our story could possibly be significant. Together, we see that our stories weave together in a novel that started at the beginning of time.
And when we see the collective story – then we remember the greatest story of all time.
“The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.”
John 1:14 (The Message)
How has the power of Story affected your life?