The story is told of a woman who lay in her sick bed watching a cocoon outside her window. As the butterfly struggled to emerge, she thought she would help the creature along by snipping the cord that held it to the cocoon. Immediately the cocoon opened wide, and the butterfly escaped without any further struggle. However, its wings were lifeless and colorless. For days it lived a sickly life, not once lifting its lifeless wings. Thinking she had rendered a good service to the butterfly, the women was disappointed so consulted a biologist. He told her that the butterfly required the pushing and struggling to send the life fluid into its veins, and that her mistaken kindness in shortening the struggle had left the wings lifeless and colorless.
Each of us has a story. What's your story? Since I'm a writer, I deal in stories every day. I've discovered that every good story needs a struggle or conflict. Without conflict, there is no story. Conflict can be viewed as a problem, or it can be viewed as an opportunity for growth.
Writing my own story began as a sophomore in college when I was experiencing some profoundly dark days. As I interacted with the Scriptures, I put pen to paper and the LORD set me on a course to flesh out my story that has continued to the present.
Over the years, my journaling has taken two basic forms:
1.) A running commentary of flowing prose sporadically logged at various points in my life
2.) A timeline of significant life events that in some way have contributed to my healing journey. Superintending this timeline has been the ever present GOD of Psalm 139 who created me, has known me, and laid his hand on me.
In journaling my healing struggle, I have allowed the Holy Spirit, my gentle, humble Teacher, to take me by the hand and lead me into the truth about who God is and who I am. The outcome has been and continues to be growth, specifically, an awesome awareness of His love and plan for me, even in the midst of intense struggle at times.
What's your story?
Journaling, in whatever form connects with you, can be a great way to process your life story, which can result in emotional and spiritual growth.