I love books. I love to read and I love to collect books and put them on bookshelves in my house and in my office. I’m not one of these digital book readers. I want the hard copy book and I want it on my shelf. My husband asked me just the other day why I had so many books. He asked if I ever planned on reading those books again. I said maybe. You never know. There’s just something about having a book collection.
Since I love books then I obviously love bookstores (and libraries, too). I could sit in a bookstore for hours just reading. It’s usually peaceful and I just love the atmosphere.
Let’s pretend you have entered your favorite bookstore. You go in search for a new book. One that is a good read. Maybe has a little adventure to it. And of course you want it to have a happy ending, too.
As you open the book and begin reading, you see that this story sounds very familiar. Why am I relating so much to this book? You look at the cover and you realize that this book has your name on it. It’s a story about you. But wait a minute… I didn’t write this. How did someone write a story about me? It’s filled with many pages of things that only I know about. What is this?
As you search the cover for the author you see that your story is written by God. What? God wrote a story about me? Why would God write my story? How does he know all this stuff? Such personal details. Things that maybe you’ve never told anybody.
As you begin to read your story, you see how everything is intricately woven together. Every piece of your life fits perfectly into the story that God has written for you. You look back and see that the things that happened when you were younger (or maybe even last week) have formed who you are today. You look back and see that the bad things that happened to you (the things that you questioned God about and screamed at him for letting happen) are things that God has used to create who you are today. Why didn’t I see those things before now? Why couldn’t I trust God during those trying times?
You just sit in amazement as you read the book that God has written about you. It’s thrilling, exciting, scary, awesome, nerve racking, adventurous, sad, and guess what? It has a happy ending. Every story that God writes has a happy ending for all of those who believe in Jesus Christ and accept him into their hearts. For we know that our happy ending comes when we pass from this world into the next and enter eternity with him.
God writes the best stories, doesn’t he? Each of us has our own story. A story that God has written specifically for us. He is one detailed writer, too. And is so great at weaving a story together. Romans 8:28 says: “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”
Every single detail of our lives God uses for good. Every single one. We don’t always like the details, either, but that’s where the trusting part comes in. We’ve got to trust God in our lives. Not just part of our lives, but in ALL of our lives.
Have you ever flipped to the end of the book and read the last sentence? I used to do that when I was younger. I had to make sure the ending turned out good. I don’t do that anymore because I don’t want to know. I want to be surprised and don’t want to ruin the book.
I’m glad we can’t flip ahead and read the pages that are in the future. We don’t know what’s going to happen in our lives. That’s where trusting God comes in. We must trust and believe. Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”
God loves you. God cares about you. God has a plan for you. Don’t throw away the book that God has written about you and for you. Don’t give up. Don’t think that God is a terrible writer, either. God writes the best stories. You just have to open your eyes and see his amazing love for you in the story he’s written about you.