Monday, October 30, 2017

I Keep Trying To Write My Own Story

Happy Monday ~ This time of year makes me so... happy as my little granddaughter would say about anything that makes her happy.

I am reading my devotion this morning and I learned a new word. It is called metanarrative. I have never heard that word before ~ have you? Surely I must have somewhere along the way but I don't remember. It is simply a story that connects smaller stories together to make one large story.  That is much like the Word of God.  From Genesis to Revelation we have little stories that add up to one big story. The entire Word of God is revealing to us our need of salvation and God's plan for mankind's redemption.  That simply means a sinner like me can be made right in the sight of a holy and just God.  That makes me happy too. My sins are forgiven by the blood that Jesus shed. 

I think back to seasons or stories in my life. Some of the stories were sad but most were happy and joyous. However, the greatest stories that have had an impact on my life were the times I spent in Christian Education learning the Word of God. All of those verses I learned at the time for requirements are so very dear to me today. Hiding God's Word in my heart has been the greatest thing I have done in my life. I will ever be so thankful for that foundation and that season.

The problem is ~ sometimes I just think I am smart enough to write my own story. And every time I take control of the pen and paper I end up feeling empty and frustrated.  Sometimes it may sound a little like this, "God, I am serving you in ministry and doing your work why am I so tired and weary?"  Every single time He reveals that I have begun writing the story of my life on my own. I scribble in just how I think it should look.  It is then that I realize I am doing things that are good and right but things that God never intended for me to do.

In my foolishness of writing my own story at times, I am limiting my great and mighty God. His ways are higher, His plans are greater and His miracles are more majestic... much better than anything we can muster up in our own strength.  For when He is writing the story, I promise you that you will not want to miss it.

I don't know where you are today and what decisions you are facing but can I encourage you to hand the pen and paper back over to God? Let God have His way in your life and surrender to Him. He has a great story to write just for you.

Isaiah 55:8-9King James Version (KJV)

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.



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