the good things and the hardships

Exodus 18:7-9

So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. They greeted each other and then went into the tent. Moses told his father-in-law about everything the LORD had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the LORD had saved them. Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the LORD had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians.

Moses shared with integrity.  He shared the hard parts along with the good.  He showed how the Lord had worked things out even though the circumstances were hard.  He didn’t gloss over the hard parts or intentionally leave them out.  God gets glory through it all.  By sharing those parts of our stories, we show how God meets us there and is still working even when things look pretty bleak.

Stories being written and walked out are those with the substance.  I love hearing how God got someone to the other side, but in that I love hearing too how there are still parts left to be written.  Stories yet to be twisted into God working ALL things out for good.  Those are the times that show character and trust in a trustworthy God.

This is the story I want to share.  A story filled with the substance of all that God has done even as hardships are met along the way.  A God who saves.

And so I write…in a little white space hidden away from this space to capture the stories.  I write because God has given me words to be crafted together to share His story.  To steward this gift, I’m intentionally setting aside time to bring to life this vision.  A vision of a book completed.

What vision do you want to see realized? Do you have a goal you’re working toward? Are you sharing both the hard and the good?