Wednesday, May 1, 2013

"We are part of God's story."

A couple weeks ago, I was talking to Corine, a dear friend at work.

As an eighty-year old woman who has seen God work in indescribable ways, she is constantly reminding me of the stories that God has given me to share.

One day I remarked, “We get to be a part of God’s story...He is writing it, we have the privilege of being in it!”

This idea made her day, and since then, she keeps telling me of people that she has shared that with.

Today she said, ‘You know sometimes, we have to wait for God to write the next part of the story…’

I said, “Yeah.  That’s hard.  Especially when there is a blank page in front of us, and we have all these ideas with how we think the story could or should go.”

She liked that idea, and asked me to put the whole analogy into writing.

So here goes.  This is for you Corine, and for all those who find themselves overwhelmed and privileged to be a part of God’s story!

God is the author of the story of our life.

He is writing in permanent ink circumstances that will change our lives, working each event out for our own good and for His glory.  Those two are never in opposition.

He doesn’t do first drafts, and his work doesn’t require editing.  It is published instantly.

He knows the characters of his story better than they know themselves.  He delights in watching them yearn to know the author more and more throughout their lives.

He purposes every moment through the syllables in the story.

Sometimes, it seems like a chapter is missing.  Or it seems like a chapter is a lot longer than it should be.  But the author Himself knows the beginning, middle and end of the story and determines the best possible amount of time for each section.

Sometimes there are sections that require help from others to understand more fully.  These are placed intentionally, designed to bring to light our need for others.

Sometimes, others aren’t able to help us understand.  The struggle to figure it out increases our dependence on the Author himself to reveal the rest of the story as He sees fit.

Sometimes, there is a blank page in the book.  Immediately, the life-or-death need for knowing the rest of the story becomes top priority.  But is impossible to know without words on the page.  So, we take to writing the story ourselves.  As we start, the ink in the pen runs out, the point breaks on our pencil.  The blue screen of death appears as we try to type.

Only God has the ability to author the story titled, “Your life.”

May we enjoy seeking Him in each page, knowing He never gives us anything less than His best.

1 comment:

Dave said...

This verse gives me confidence in the Author and the story he writes through my life:

Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. (2 Timothy 2:10-13 ESV)

The part that is really profound for me is verse 13... " if we are faithless, he remains faithful - for he cannot deny himself." I just love being reminded of this! Even when I do not understand his plans, he has me in his hands regardless of the strength of my weak mind and even weaker body.

Thanks for the Stories - I love hearing the advice of the 80+ ppl, they have so much to offer :)

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