If I could’ve written my life narrative and created the circumstances that led to my core beliefs, I can guarantee you that it would not only be dull, but it would remain unfinished. I know just enough about writing to know that to create a serious story-arc with suspense and intrigue – a real “page-turning experience” – takes a ridiculous amount of talent and is worth celebrating no matter what language you speak. When authors read books, they’re watching the style, the literacy, the cadence…the flow of how the language intertwines with the thoughts it’s describing. In short, they’re “micro-managing.” When audiences read books, they’re watching the story…how each event connects to the other to form a summarized picture. In short, they’re “macro-managing.” To try and write from the audience’s perspective is usually a literary disaster. God did not create authors to be literary audiences. To achieve this, one has to almost, quite literally, turn off a metaphorical switch in his or her brain in order to experience things from the other perspective. Unfortunately, this unnatural skill is one that is necessary if you plan to edit your own work.
Fortunately, for Christians, we have an “inside-track” of awareness that God is the great editor, among many other hats He wears. Reaching this sense of peace allows an entirely new creative experience for the author and, in turn, the audience. It’s the way it should be. If all I did was focus on how “event A” was to connect to “event B,” I’d be too farsighted to put in the details. It’s the Lord who has the master plan. And, in this way, I think it is how He beautifully orchestrates each person’s life-narrative. I never would’ve chosen the events in my life, much less in the particular order they occurred, but the story is so beautifully perfect and worth literary gold to me that I never tire of reflecting on my life and how God has always been there with His masterful pen to the page.
But to reach this stage of acceptance, I have had to let go of a whole bunch of control. In other words, God first had to heal my heart before I could accept His plan. Pastor Dave spoke about Moses leading the Israelites through the desert. At the time of the particular event Pastor Dave was referring to, the Israelites had just been rescued and liberated from the Egyptians through the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea, yet it took them mere days to start complaining to God about their circumstances and not having water. When they finally arrived at an oasis, they discovered the water was “bitter,” or “poisonous.” The Lord told Moses to throw a tree in the pool of water and, miraculously, the pool became suitable for consumption. In this narrative, the “bitter pool” represents our hearts and attitudes before we come to accept Christ and what He did for us on the cross (the tree). Through actually accepting the crucifixion and resurrection and applying (by believing) the Lord’s truth and promises (His Word) to our lives, we are letting go of our control over our life-narrative, giving somebody else – far more qualified than us – the author’s pen, and choosing to let our hearts be healed. At that point, we are ready to accept God’s circumstances and plan (narrative) for our lives. Then, and only then, will we find the peace of God that passes all understanding and His healing (Jehovah-Rapha) of our frustrations.
Isn’t it a miracle and a relief that all we have to do is sit back and read while chatting with an author who cares that deeply about our souls?
Questions for Reflection:
- What is one way you can relate to the Biblical narrative of the desert oasis? What character can you most relate to and why – the Israelites? Moses? The Pool of Water?
- Reflect on the last year of your life. How has God been the author of your story?
- Have you taken the step of faith to trust God with your life-narrative? Have you accepted His gift of grace? (If not and you would like to, please talk to a Pastor or Elder at Capital Christian Center for more information about Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice.)
- What is one situation in your life whose outcome you have not yet released to the Lord?
- Take a moment to pray to God, to talk to Him. Just chat with Him about what’s going on and what concerns you. Spend some time to develop a personal relationship with Him.
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