Where is God in Your Story ?
Each of us has a unique story with God. It was written before we were ever born according to Psalm 139. God doesn’t write the same story for everyone. Apparently, He hasn’t worked for Hallmark.
Each of us has a story and each of us is on a journey. We don’t always see that we are part of God’s story or see God in our story. I believe that’s because we find ourselves unhappy with how the story of our lives is unfolding. It’s encouraging when we understand that every season is a chapter, not the entire book. Just because life is not as we wish it to be now, doesn’t mean that it must remain that way forever.
It’s so easy to focus on what is missing and not on God’s hand when you’re in the middle of a story.
In Paul Miller’s book, A Praying Life, he says, “When confronted with suffering that won’t go away, or with even a minor problem, we instinctively focus on what is missing, not on the Master’s hand. Often when you think everything has gone wrong, it’s just that you’re in the middle of a story.”
A great philosopher, Alasdair MacIntyre, said, “Before we can answer the question ‘Who am I and what am I to do?’ We must first answer the question, ‘What story or stories am I a part of?’ ”
Do you see the story you’re part of? Do you see that you are part of God’s story? Does it appear to you that God is writing a story that you don’t want? We are all works in progress.
How the rest of our life turns out may depend on how we see it now and what we do about what we see.
If we believe that life is hopeless or that it’s never going to change, we don’t have faith. We don’t have God’s persuasion about our lives. We don’t take positive steps.
Joseph didn’t know when he was in the middle of his story that everything would work out. He didn’t know that he would be the 2nd in command of the country.
Do you have a prophetic word that says something really BIG? And here you are presently not seeing any evidence of it? Are you like Joseph with BIG prophetic words and you’re in the pit or in prison?
Re-visiting Chapters of Our Lives
When it came to the book or story of my life, there were a few pages or sections I needed to revisit. You may have some of those. Places where you were confused, upset, took a hit, had a loss. They need to be edited or rewritten. How do we know God wants our best? He says so in Jeremiah 29:11 and Psalm 139:17-18.
Jeremiah 29:11 ’For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’
Psalm 139:17-18 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.
When we revisit a page or a chapter of our story, God can show us His thoughts, which are peace and well-being. We will experience hope. He replaces the lies we believed with truth. We see His care and love and compassion in the situation.
Your story is not done yet. You’re just somewhere in-between the vision, the prophetic word and the ending.
All of us have good days and all of us have bad days, and our stories will contain adversity. Where is God in your story? Do you see Him? Have you had a God encounter in your story that brings peace? God will not close the book on you. He will not write you off.
Our Real Life
C. S. Lewis said, “The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life — the life God is sending one day by day.”
What if we embrace them, own them, seek the Lord for meaning, for support, for His perspective? Knowing how He sees it can change everything.