{day 21} seeing His hand in your story

stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving - madeleine l'engle

sometimes i'm amazed at what God's created out of the chaos of this past year. i wish i could tell you exactly where i was at this point a year ago. confused fits the bill - anxious, too. and somewhere in the middle of all of those feelings came an unearthing and i was left with no other choice but to sift through what was left. 

but looking back, i see it as His providence. there are funny ways He grows you - prepares you and sets you up to fall swiftly into His arms. i've spoken about this before - about how He used andrew klavan and his idea of artists playing in the pain to form a newer and truer theology within.

suddenly i knew it wasn't healthy to deny the brokenness.

and the importance of story, already settled deep, bloomed. this is why story is important: redemption speaks of a brighter day but there's no restoration without the touch of His hand - there's no healing without us letting Him set the broken bones. this is what makes us alive - allows us to trust and risk and feel - the knowledge that more than anything, He desires to make us new. 

this year by far has been the most painful - but it's been the most beautiful. and for those who know my story, this is what i hope they see - the beauty of His touch in the midst of pain and brokenness.

Posted on October 21, 2011 and filed under finding{and telling}your story.