The Beauty of Vulnerability
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:7
It was a few nights before we were set to leave for South Carolina when our group had dinner during which we bonded over laughs, what we looked forward to the most, and what to pray for on this trip. Seeing the itinerary we had been handed, I became nervous reading “(5 students share)”. I had yet to tell my testimony in a manner that showed God’s unfailing love instead of how I used to feel.
When Monday rolled around as the designated day for me to share, those who signed up had their time postponed until Wednesday. So on Tuesday I listened closely as one student really opened up about something difficult showing us all how beautiful being vulnerable is. Compassion radiated within our group as tears rolled down cheeks, glorifying all God has done in our lives.
I learned God had me wait to share because He still wanted me to grow in front of others. Friends assuaged my fears and lifted my confidence in Jesus as I confided in one and another asked such a straight forward question that I had to answer honestly. I prayed continuously that God would give me the correct words to speak in order to honor Him. During lunchtime on Wednesday I was ready with my journal in my lap having written down everything I was obviously going to say. Speaking last was evidently God at work because I was able to hear two other people tell similar stories to mine. As I began talking I could hear words I hadn’t written down and knew this was what God wanted me to open up about.
No one was alone; everyone had a piece of their story that someone could relate to. God worked in awe-inspiring ways bringing us all on this specific trip so we could demolish barriers that kept us from being transparent with each other. I recently read that being vulnerable means to love. There was so much love on the Lifelines trip- love for Jesus and others.
-Ali Rice `17