Why have you suffered? Why has God not prevented harsh days? or miserable months? or gloom-filled years?
In writing your memoir, are you asking such questions? Are you searching for answers to: "Can anything good come from darkness?"
Oswald Chambers writes, "Sometimes God puts us through the experience and discipline of darkness to teach us to hear and obey Him."
Ah, yes, sometimes God does things we humans don't understand at first. Have you ever asked God to help you hear Him? Obey Him? Then perhaps your troubles were leading you to God's answers. Could it be that your sorrows were necessary for you to hear and obey Him?
Chambers says, "God puts us into 'the shadow of His hand' until we learn to hear Him (Isaiah 49:2)."
Chambers has a special message for memoirists like you: "When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else once you are back in the light."
Read that again!
"When you are in the dark,
and God will give you
a very precious message for someone else
once you are back in the light."
Chambers reminds us that "song birds are taught to sing in the dark," and so are we!
Jesus said, "What I tell you in the darkness, share with others when your daybreak appears. What I whisper into your murky shadows, shout from the rooftops when your sun rises" (Matthew 10:27).
What precious messages has God given you to share with others?
What vignettes can you include in your memoir about God teaching you to hear Him in the dark, and to obey, and to even sing in the dark?
Your stories are important. Someone needs to hear them.
Make time to get started today, even if you jot down only a few words as a reminder to yourself for another day.