#TellHisStory Storytellers Series
Story has the power to change the world, one paragraph at a time. I share this space, once a week, with some great storytellers I’ve met during my years of writing. This week’s featured storyteller is author Stacy Thacker. I’m so happy to have met Stacy in the past year through blogging. You will love her.
Be sure to come back Wednesday to link your own stories or photos with us in the #TellHisStory community.
Surrendering Your Story
by Stacey Thacker
I’ll be honest with you. Surrender is not easy. I don’t much like the word or its fancy synonyms:
Sur-ren-der: to yield to the power, control, or possession of another.
Synonyms: Cede, deliver, relinquish, render
I like to be in control. I want to be the go-to girl with all the answers. Does that girl yield or render? Not too long ago, in a defining moment, God asked me one question and it changed everything I thought about surrender. You see I had a story to tell. It was filled with hope and I knew exactly how it was all going to play out. I had a plan with a super ending written by my own hand. But God leaned in and whispered to me:
“Do you trust me?”
This question echoed from above and landed with a thud in my heart. I tried my best to persuade Him. My story was penned and ready to be launched. I had waited already. This surely was the right time to move forward. And still, He said, “Wait. Give it to me. Surrender your story to me.”
I wrestled for days. I cried. I loosened my grip on my story. He was slowly moving me from how I felt to what was actually true with His one question.
With my hands now empty I was free to grab ahold of His. He was preparing me to receive something infinitely better and more amazing than I could imagine.
I am slowly learning in my not OK times to lean into His plan. It is so much better that way because He has written the Word of Hope on every page. When I wait on Him, who sees the beginning from the end, I get to experience His transforming presence in my life. I had to remember this:
I was not just letting it go. I was giving it to God. (Click to tweet)
I was relinquishing my small story into the hands of a personal God who has already breathed this truth for my weary heart:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
His plan ended up being one only His hand could pen. It was beautiful. I just couldn’t see it from my limited point of view. How did I ever doubt Him? Oh but I did. When He asked me, “Do you trust me?” I slowly said, “Yes.” Because when I stacked up what I knew about Him and His faithfulness, it far outweighed my own feelings on the matter. As it turned out, He was right all along.
Q. My sweet friend, have you found yourself wrestling with God lately? Is He asking you to surrender something, possibly your story for His glory?Are you willing, right now to lean into His plan?
How can I encourage you today? I’d love to pray for you!
Stacey is Mike’s wife and the mother of four vibrant girls. She is a writer and speaker who loves God’s Word and a good cup of coffee. Her passion is to connect with women and encourage them in their walks with God. Stacey is the owner of Mothers of Daughters, a monthly e-zine for moms, the co-author of“Hope for the Weary Mom,” and the author of “Being OK with Where You Are.” You can find her blogging at 29 Lincoln Avenue or hanging out on Twitter @staceythacker.
Book Giveaway Details
Stacey is giving away two copies of her book, Being OK with Where You Are.