About the restory show
Last summer God birthed the concept of restory in me. You can read about that process here. Or click the short video below to get a better idea:
I prayed a lot about what would be next, moving from “living uncaged” to learning about and encouraging others to embrace a brand new story. This resonated through me as I considered a podcast. I dreamed of having people on the podcast who shared jaw-dropping stories, who exemplified faithfulness, sacrifice, humbleness, along with a big heart for Jesus. I wanted to see turnaround stories, where God had intersected a life, and that life was no longer the same.
So I prayed.
And God answered. He brought people to me. He reminded me of others who had amazing, life-altering stories. Instead of fretting about what to say or who to invite, this podcasting process has become something entirely different. God has made it sweet and nearly effortless. I cannot wait to share with you all these amazing interviews.
And today’s restory show with Bethany? It’ll change your perspective and influence your own re-storying process.
How Our Stories Intersected
I sat next to Bethany Kaczmarek at a fiction writers conference last fall. She shared the kind of story that caused the room and the commotion to melt away. I sat there, tears streaming down my cheeks, so grateful for her story, so humbled that she entrusted it to me.
About Bethany’s Story
Bethany Kaczmarek is a talented writer and editor. But her story came from several years before when she was a missionary, a mom of a newborn in a foreign land. And her baby son was dying.
In a pile on the floor, I whispered, “Where are You, God? Why don’t You answer? Why don’t You offer any comfort? I’m cut off from everyone else, and now—even You are silent.”
In that moment, I had to figure out whether or not I believed He was genuinely there. I thumbed through Linda Dillow’s book Calm My Anxious Heart, and I read this: God’s Word is truer than anything we will ever feel or any circumstance we’ll ever face.
His Word. I made myself remember the things I’d read and memorized when things were trite and happy.
Matthew 28:20 “…and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Psalm 116:1-2 “I love the LORD because He hears my prayers and answers them. Because He bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I breathe.”
Matthew 14:27 “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
None of those verses promised safety. None of them promised wish-granting and healing-the-way-I-wanted-healing.
All of them promised Him. I may not have felt Him there, but those verses were His grace to me in those dark moments.
His name is Immanuel. God with us. God with me. I knew—if nothing else—I believed that. I could take Him at His Word.
So that night, I knelt on the floor at the foot of the bed where my little man slept, and I offered God my son’s life. I knew He understood the pain of a parent letting go of their child. And I wrapped self up in that knowledge.
I asked for only one thing: the grace to handle what was ahead.
In Her Own Words
She was utterly alone. Have you ever felt that way? But consider Bethany’s words from today’s podcast:
“When personally I look back on it, I have a strange thankfulness. As much as I hated those moments of isolation and abandonment, I’m thankful for those the most. … I needed that crisis, I needed that moment to say that no matter what comes at me, I’m going to believe.”
- You can trust God, even when He seems quiet or far, far away.
- Sometimes God leads you away from what seems like your dream, and yet He brings joy in the journey.
- God’s Word can be trusted. It’s bedrock.
As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It’s my sincere hope that you’ll walk away from the restory show and be changed and challenged.
[Aside: the audio is slightly garbled in the first few minutes. Please hang in there. It gets better.]
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