Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Story to be Told?

Over the past few weeks, I have been reading (and rereading!) Dan Allender’s book, “To Be Told.” I can’t remember where I heard about it, but whatever it was that I read, it sparked enough interest in me to order the book AND the workbook. I thought I was over that. I can’t tell you how many books (AND the workbooks) I have purchased that I thought would “fix” my life. I don’t think I ever once wrote one word in any of the workbooks. And I’ve come to realize that probably no one ever does. Most of them can be purchased on Ebay for less than half the usual purchase price, and they all say they have NO WRITING in them. And along comes another sucker like me, pen ready to go as soon as the mailman delivers my books.
And there I sit with what I hope will be my new bag of fairy dust that will fix whatever is bothering me at the moment. Reality check!!!!!! THERE IS NO FAIRY DUST!

So why this book? First of all, it nipped at my heels because I like to write. I’m not polished, not an author, and probably not that good at it, but if given a choice, I’d rather WRITE it than TELL it. So when the back of the book tells me that I have a story that God wants me to tell, that He has been writing the story of my life up to this point and would like me to pick up my pen and help Him finish the story ---- it got my attention. The author believes that our main purpose and goal of our life is to magnify God’s character and each of us does that in a unique and original way. And once we discover what it is about Him that He wants to show through us, then we find the real and true purpose of our past, our present and our future.

I can’t get away from it. I started with chapter one, reread it to make sure I “got it,” and then went to the workbook. These were not just little “answer the questions to see if you got it” type questions. These were “projects!” Things you need a notebook for. Memories. Lists. Descriptions. OK --- I’m in. I began with a list of the “players” on the stage of my life where my first memories can remember. Just doing that made me take a trip down memory lane.

I’m telling you all this because I think I will post some of these here on my blog. You know, I just love it when some of you have taken the time to tell your stories --- where you grew up, what your grandparents were like, what school was like, your Sunday school teachers, your parents, etc. Those posts just draw me in. It lets me know who and why you are what you are today.

So just in case a story pops up out of the blue about something that took place in my life, you will understand where it’s all coming from --- and where it’s all going. I am so curious! If God wants to show the world just one thing about Himself through ME, what would that be????

Pick up your pen, Lord,
Turn the pages in my book called, “Life.”
And write your Story!
All for your Glory!
And when it all is written
Of what You want to say,
And somewhere in between all the messes I have made
I see grace on every page,
Sign your Name, Lord.
Sign your Name.

Little by little,
Tell of how You loved me.
Fill all the pages others would erase.
And where I tried to write it all my own way,
Cross through my words with ink so full of Grace!
And write Your story!

Little by little,
Tell of how You found me --
Pages of a life all filled with shame --
Write with inks of love and deep compassion,
And when You’re done, sign each and every page!
And tell Your story!

Little by little,
And one soul, then another --
Write Your story for the least of these!
Fill my book, Lord,
Let there be no empty pages,
Pick up your pen, and write about Your peace --
And tell Your story. . .

--Cora Eelman


Patty Sumner said...

Oh Cora, I love the poem! You do have lots to share and I cannot wait to read your stories. God has brought you through so much. He did not allow you to live life this far to sit down...write girl write! I need to hear what you have to say... I want to hear what you have to say! Blessings!

GrammaGrits said...

The book sounds amazing - will be checking it out. I love your blog and check it everyday, hoping you've shared some of your life and heart. Blessings!

Kristin Bridgman said...

Oh! I just love your poem!!!
You, my dear, are a writer and I cannot wait to see what you pen in the future! So excited to see what God reveals to you and I cannot wait to get my copy of the book.
Thank you for sharing!

dsblanchard said...


As I always have done since I met you I come on over here on Monday to read your wonderful gifts of gratitude and I always leave a comment. Monday I read the list and then couldn't comment. I wanted to, but the one comment I wanted to make was on the Dan Allender book and I didn't know exactly what to say at that point. Well, I just finished my Wednesday post and thought I'd come over here to reread your thank list again and see if I could get over my "hump". Hallelujah! There was a new post AND it was about the book and all the details I needed to get gabby.

And the poem. Oh, how precious. It stopped me in my tracks and just caused me to pause and give thanks that I have come to know you. These words need to be set to music and become a new hymn of the church. I'm not very musical but I know someone who is.

I LOVE Dan Allender's work. I began reading him when he was co-authoring with Tremper Longman to give us Bold Love. Bold Love changed my life! Perhaps To Be Told would help now that I have a life to tell about. Lots of years have passed. My legs testify to this fact every single day. I think they'd appreciate it if I lived a bit more of a sedentary life.

Cora, I will be passing by here more often now. I'm with Patty, GrammaGrits and Kristin waiting for the next post.

Bless you, Dear One,

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Such a wonderful poem....I'm sure life is full of "hidden riches" just waiting to get them out on paper. Good luck with your new adventure and I'll be looking forward to a few stories along the way.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

You do have a lot to your life and if you are gifted with the pen as you are, I know it will sure be a blessing to others.

God bless and keep you safe.

Miz Liz said...

Powerful, beautiful poetic words. I must disagree with you, my delightful friend... you ARE a writer and you weave the story of your life and God's amazing love in healing words. Especially: Cross through my words with ink so full of Grace!
And write Your story!
Ah, yes, God tells our stories through your life. God's special blessings on you, my brave friend. Liz

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Traveller said...

Ooh! Thanks for the reminder about the book! I have it, because a friend loved it and gave it to me a few years ago, but I haven't really looked at it. I'm actually on the other side of the world, working with youth, and in the next two weeks need to have completed the plan for a new course for some of them. Ever since reading Donald Miller's "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" I've been wanting to do something with "story"--have the students explore their own story and learn and grow...and have been looking for resources for this...praying for ideas to come together. Maybe this will help. Thanks!