My job is very simple, all I have to do is three things:
- Listen to stories
- Tell stories and
- Help make connections between our stories and God’s story!
Ok, it is not quite that simple, there are always a range of levels to our stories, and whether we are listening to them or telling them, it is often difficult to make the right connections – even when it seems obvious! Why? To reveal our real story is to be vulnerable and maybe admit that we need to do something. We would prefer to stay in denial! But growth and healing will only result when we honestly confront the choices we have made that have brought us to where we are, and look at the possibility that although we cannot change the past we can change the future.
The story is told of the young child who was new to Sunday School. He loved it! His father asked what the story was about. The boy related how the Israelis were in a tight spot, with Pharaoh and his army chasing them. They were unable to go any further because the Red Sea blocked their way. So Moses called in the Air Force to bomb the Egyptians and then the Israeli Army built a pontoon bridge for the people to cross over. Poor Dad was shocked, “Is that the way they told the story?” “Well, not exactly”, the boy admitted, “but if I told it the way they told it, you would never believe it!”
How are you telling your story? Are you trying to make it more believable by adjusting the facts? Or are you going to honestly address the real issues and believe that God still works miracles? If you need some help to tell your story, find someone you trust, a Padre, Priest or Minister, to share it with.
Chaplain Ian Whitley