Tell Your Story

But I am lowly and in pain; let your salvation, O God, protect me. (Ps. 69:29 NRS)

I came across this quote in my continuing study of spiritual direction:

[T]he beginning of any contemporary retelling of the story of Jesus…must start with: “I never saw him. I never heard him. I never touched him. But there were those who did. And they told others, who told others, who told others still, who eventually told me. And now, in my turn, I tell you. And you then, can tell others. And so, you see, there will never be an end to it.[1]

I thought to myself, “How true this is for most people; however it is possible to be touched my God and a person can have an actual physical experience of being in God’s presence. I make this statement as one who has experienced both. My experiences where not because of any righteousness on my part (in fact it happened after an act the was truly a sin) but were gifts of grace given to me at a time of despair and desolation. My experience is my experience and I believe it is not the norm. It is my story an one I gladly own and share.

What I find important is the quote is this, “[T]he beginning of any contemporary retelling of the story of Jesus.” We need to always be retelling the story of Jesus as we know it to be true. We are not all called to be rhetorical experts. We are not all called to be detailed theological apologists. We are however called to,  “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Pet. 3:15 NIV) We must tell our story.

In the process of being a pilgrim on the spiritual way we are going to encounter a lot of people who really need to be travelling with us. Yet too many of us are weak in our storytelling of our Lord. Perhaps we have become to skeptical, too cynical, to unsure of our own walk of faith to talk about it with others. This is a challenge we must overcome.

I believe we have entered a time in human existence when Christian prophets are needed more than ever. We need to let people know what our God has done for us. People need to hear our story of Jesus. Perhaps your story is, “I have never physically seen Him, but I have seen what he can do. I have never physically heard his voice, but the ears of my heart have. I may never have touched him, but I have been touched by him in many times and many ways. Your story is important.

Tell it often and tell it well.

[1] Beckman, Betsey. Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction (Spiritual Directors International Books) (p. 47). Church Publishing Inc.. Kindle Edition.