Everyone has a story. My husband and I have used that phrase many times when we’ve heard a testimony or story on the news about a person. Everyone has a story. You have a story. I have a story. Our stories will be different, but every person living has a story—a story of their life with the good, the bad, and even the ugly in it. Most of us won’t know another person’s story unless we’re close friends with someone.
I recently put together a homemade book for my family. On each page I included times from my childhood up through more recent years, recounting many things I did and events in my life. The pages included only a little of my story, yet it was my story—unique to me.
When Joseph was with Pharaoh, he brought his father Jacob to meet Pharaoh. I’m sure Pharaoh was interested in meeting the man who raised Joseph. The account is in Genesis 47:7-10, ESV: “Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father and stood him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many are the days of the years of your life?” And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojourning.” And Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from the presence of Pharaoh.”
Jacob had a story. When asked his age, he said the days of his sojourning were 130 years. He had seen and experienced many things during those 130 years. Joseph also had a story, as did Pharaoh, all these lives woven together in God’s plan. We are richer today because of Jacob and Joseph’s story because we see how God moved in their lives and provided an eternal hope.
What’s your story? What miraculous things has God done in your life? Don’t be afraid to share your story of hope with someone. It might be the testimony they need to hear to bring life, hope, and God’s blessings into their life, their story.