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We all go through times of disbelief, times of feeling down in the dumps, disconnected from the world and worst of all, from God. We feel as if our gusto has been depleted. We don’t believe like we used to. We no longer look at the world and our faith through the eyes of a wide-eyed child. The fact is, if we find ourselves in this state it’s safe to say we’ve become somewhat jaded. But there is hope.

I was snuggled up in my bed this morning reading the Word, and that doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, I’m sorry to say. But I came across a passage in Acts chapters 6 and 7. The passage relays the story about Stephen, the first martyr. I had often heard this story, but I believe this was the first time in my life I had truly read it for myself. It’s a passionate passage. It’s Stephen at his best! The Pharisees were concerned about what was going on at the time with the church and the influence the disciples had on the people. They decided they would pick on Stephen, the passionate, wise Stephen.

Our Story

And as I continued to read the passage, Stephen told the history of how we, as Christians, made it to where we are today. He talked about Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses - all our great spiritual leaders. He tells the Pharisees our story. He’s in front of the religious leaders of the day, he’s being accused, he’s being grilled by them, and Stephen can’t think of a better way to help them understand what he and the disciples are taking part in than to tell them our story.

If you ever have the time to read it I encourage you to do so. It’s a beautiful story, filled with men who were called to something greater. They weren’t born great, but God made them great. They weren’t perfect, but God used them regardless of their imperfections. It’s a story, that people like me and maybe even you can relate to. We all have doubted. We have had to overcome our own obstacles. We have felt powerless. We’ve all stood in front of our own Red Sea…waiting for something big to happen.

We all have our own story of how we made it over. How we crossed that Red Sea. How God brought us over to where we are today. It’s never too late to remember our story.

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