Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16
God saw you before you were formed, He wrote your life in His book. We know the nature of God and we know that He does things right. EVERY SINGLE TIME. He made you fearfully, wonderfully and perfectly. There is a certain comfort in letting God handle the details of our life. There is something even more comforting in knowing that those details were hand written by God before we came into existence. God made us for victory.
You love God, you trust God. Are you loving and trusting Him enough to live the story He has already written for you? Or are you editing, erasing and rewriting your story?
You don’t like how you look, how your clothes fit, you beat yourself up when you eat junk, when you don’t stick to your exercise regimen (even though your diet and exercise goals are unrealistic and not possible to stick to). So you start thinking that you could write your life story (or any particular chapter) better that God.
All you can see is the negative things about yourself that continually run through your mind. You do not take into consideration that God sees in you what no one else does, He understands you as no one else does. He knows every single fear, every single joy, every single like and dislike. Of course He is capable of writing our life story, He personally created the main character (you), but more than that, the main character is His child.
His beloved child.
It is the times that we forget we aren’t the best authors of our own stories and we grab the pencil from God’s hands, that’s when we get into trouble. We let pride, fear, insecurity, the need to control and a million other things guide us and we face the world and defiantly shout- I am the master of my fate! We want to know how our story ends and every single road we are going to take to get to our destination. We are most tempted to do this when the story God wrote for us isn’t going the way we want it to and we think we could do it better. We grab the latest diet book, the next great exercise video, the latest (and usually pricey) supplement. So we take the pencil and we erase, omit and embellish what we don’t like and start writing our own story.
Or maybe we grow antsy when others don’t like the narrative that God has written and we are living and they are vocal about it. We often let others in our lives have the pencil and let them re-write God’s story for us This is spiritually and emotionally exhausting not to mention self-defeating.
When it comes to what others think of our life story, let them think and say what they want, let them do what they want, as long as we are sitting back and letting God not only write our story but letting the story play out according to His plan, they can think and do what they want. We know the author, we love the author and He loves us. Do you have the courage to put your words ( “I love and trust you Lord”) or do you willingly wretch that pencil from God?
When God writes our story we can cease striving and enjoy peace, rest, contentment. So put the pencil down or better yet, hand it back to God in a personal and humble way and watch as He pens a best seller.
……………and so I ride