Share Your Story
You know the saying “everything happens for a reason”? I wholeheartedly know it to be true, but I have not always believed or understood it. There was a time in my life where I strayed far from Jesus. There were things happening around me and in my life that caused me to doubt God was good. I even doubted God’s existence.
I am so thankful for a God who forgives, for a God who redeems, and for a God who loves us unconditionally. “Unconditionally” means that no matter how many wrong choices you make, how much you deny Christ, or how far you stray, God loves you no less. God longs for a relationship with you and He will fight for you. God welcomes you to repent and to leap into His loving arms at any time. God is forgiveness and God is love. Isn’t it amazing to know there is someone who cares for you that much?
Recently God has been stirring a desire in my heart to share my story. He does not want us to hold anything back or to be afraid of sharing details of our life that would cause us to feel ashamed. That would lessen His greatness, deny our need for dependence on Him, and devalue how amazing our God is. Light shines brighter in darkness. Did you know “from brokenness” is one of Kensington’s seven core values? Amongst my time on staff I have heard countless powerful testimonies from our leaders and fellow staff members. The way people have opened up about individual brokenness has been beautiful and inspiring. For some it has taken close to 40 years for God to reveal the purpose behind pain or trauma endured.
Isaiah 55:9-13 paints a beautiful picture as God declares, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of thorn bush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”
My story is still unfolding, but God has opened up opportunities in the last few months for me to share different parts of it. Through these times I am able to show how great God is and help others. I’ve been able to encourage and comfort friends, the cashier at the grocery store, a stranger, and a delivery guy. I could relate in some ways to what they were going through, and I don’t believe for one second that it was an accident we crossed paths. Because I’m on the other side of similar battles, I could empathize with them, cry with them, pray with them, share what God did with me through it, and offer them hope.
When you are in the thick of the storm you usually can’t see outside of it and you can’t see the beauty that will come from it. The only way to persevere when you’re in that storm is to trust and lean on God. He can see the “upper story” while we’re in the trenches. It may take several years before something ever makes sense to us, but His timing and love for us is perfect. We must trust and lift everything up to God. He wants us to depend and lean on him. We all have brokenness, we all have the opportunity to move forward from our past, and your past is part of your story which God can use. God has something even better planned and you can share that with others. No matter the depth of struggle, the pain you’ve endured, the heartache you’ve bared, or the mistakes you’ve made, every bit of it can be used to help others and bring those around you closer to Jesus.
Anna Martin | Campus Receptionist & Office Administrative Assistant