Two things happened yesterday that God wove together. My friend, Brittany Brunskill, brought the word to church yesterday, man, that girl can preach!
And I watched The Good Dinosaur. Seems like an obvious connection, no?
Ok here is the tie in, ready?
Brittany was teaching from the word of God on how to share our faith with others practically. 3 points – use what you have, invite and share your story. It is really quite simple, we just like to make it all complicated. We think the results are up to us.
Two of her statements stood out to me the most. One, the life change your friends could experience is worth more than your comfort. Two, God is at work all of the time, we often don’t know Him enough to see it.
Pretty powerful, let those sink in a minute…
As Brittany shared a portion of her story, most recently her journey of having a chronic illness, she told how terrifying it was in the beginning. As her friend, walking pieces of this with her, I remember how scary it was and still is sometimes.
The story in the Pixar film, The Good Dinosaur, is based on the character Arlo who is born afraid. His father tried to help him by overcoming his fears, in a sense trying to scare them out of him. In one scene this backfired and resulted in the fathers death. Yes it was awful and yes I cried during the Good Dinosaur, more than once. That one scene I think I will blame on remnants of trauma from Mufasa dying in the Lion King.
Anyhow, I digress, Arlo learned through walking in forgiveness and knowing His father better, that courage meant doing things afraid. As Butch, the T-rex said, ‘If you ain’t scared of a croc biting you on the face, you ain’t alive.’ Arlo thought he had to be rid of his fear to make his mark in the world.
Brittany has an incredible testimony of facing things head on. The part I love the most about her story is that as she sought God He proved faithful in letting her know Him better. She is able to be strengthened in the Lord knowing that her God, our God, is bigger than anything she will ever face.
Arlo’s Dad came to him in a vison near the end of the story when Arlo was in trouble and he had learned forgiveness and was trying to save a friend. His Dad said, ‘I knew you had it in you. You are me and more. Now go take care of that critter.’
Jesus said in John 14:7 ‘If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’ Further in verse 12, ‘Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.’
We are the Father and more, we will do greater things. In Him. Abide, Know, Seek. Do it afraid, do it courageous, just do it. Make your mark on this world. Tell your story. Many are waiting.