Who writes your life story?
Today, Good Shepherd Sunday the message of Bro. Audee Villaraza, The Feast Bay Area AM Session Builder was on Joseph in the bible.
He said, “Don’t be so focused on what God has taken from you that you can’t see or believe that God will do something through you and He will turn it into good.”
Those words hit me hard.
When confronted with suffering that won’t go away or with even a minor problem; when every day feels like an insurmountable struggle, and the details of the present are all-consuming, it’s impossible to imagine anything else is happening.
Few years ago, I was in an excruciating part of my story. It felt like an unending nightmare. In fact, it was probably the hardest year of my life.
How could anything good ever come out of unimaginable pain?
I prayed, trusted and waited for the Lord to change my situation, yet nothing had changed.
It wasn’t the plan I wanted for my life. Or for my wife and for my family. I felt helpless and hopeless. I couldn’t see God working in any of it.
Somewhere, in the middle of all the pain, God became real to me again.
Those desperate years when the Lord was silent, he was not absent. He had been there all along.
He gave me strength and courage to face life one day at a time.
I am still a work in progress. I don’t know how things are going to turn out.
But we can trust that God is in the story. And he is orchestrating the tiniest detail. We may not understand why, but we can be certain that God has a glorious purpose to the pain we are enduring.
I’m still in the middle of my story. While none of us know the joys and trials we have yet to encounter, we do know that Jesus will be with us through them.
Who is writing your life story today?
In my life right now, I am embarking on a new chapter of my life. I am venturing this year to a new challenge soon. It’s scary. It frightens me and I often worry what the future holds.
What joys will I experience and what sorrows will I endure?
But when I do this, when I worry and fret what the next chapter holds, I get in the way of the One who is supposed to be writing my story for me.
So often we try to control the pen. We try to direct our own lives.
We need to give God control of our lives – to let Him write out our life stories.
He knows what lies ahead of us.
Through the whole story, the Author (our God) is with us. He isn’t just watching our story unfold; he is guiding it, moving it along. He is intimately a part of it.