It’s funny the things people say to you in times of trial, life change, or a time when you have unknown answers. When I was in college I had a well-meaning friend tell me “God is still writing your story” in a time where life was drastically changing and I felt a little lost. This comment was meant to give me hope and a sense of God’s-not-done-with-me confidence. I took it as it was meant, as good-hearted encouragement.
I heard this again in a time when I was feeling a little down in my “love life,” as they call it. I was single at the time and really actually enjoying that time but there was a part of me that did want a relationship. Most of my friends were married and having babies. But I wasn’t and part of me was sad about that. A part of me felt like I was missing out on something.
While confiding in a friend about this she told me, “Keri, don’t worry about it because God hasn’t finished writing your love story yet.” Again with this phrase! But as I began to think and pray about this I began to question what this little harmless phrase meant.
Does this really mean that God really is still “writing my story”? Can I then ask that God write in a prince charming in the next sentence or two of my story? Did this mean that God’s plan for me was up in the air and could change at a moment’s notice?
If we are to say that God is still “writing our stories” then this implies that God is just making things up as He goes. This implies that He isn’t all-knowing, all-powerful, that He hasn’t known us from the beginning of time.
For me, this began a mistrust in the Gospel I knew. This began a confusion of how I could put my hope and faith and trust in a God who didn’t know what came next in my story.
“God is still writing your story…” Isn’t this false? Doesn’t God know the end chapter? Doesn’t He win in that chapter? Isn’t He all knowing? I just couldn’t imagine my God, who knows every hair on my head, not knowing what He had next.
And then…God’s Word…
He has planned everything out. He KNOWS your story. He knows where you will end up.
And as Christians we know that this life really isn’t about our story. It’s not about our lives or our plan. It’s HIS story really.
We see this with the Israelites being under Egypt’s rule as slaves for 400 years. We see this as they were delivered by God and as they wandered around with Moses. We see the whole plan…but they didn’t. They had to trust God. So much so that they only knew when to move on in their journey when the cloud over the tabernacle lifted (Num 9:22). Can you imagine not knowing whether it would be a day, week or ten years? Talk about not knowing what comes next! We see that this whole plan, this whole journey all points to Christ!
It’s not about YOUR story. It’s His love, His grace, His plan. Everything is about Him. How can this situation right now point to Him? What are you doing or saying that is leading others to Him right now? Even in the midst of the unknowns and the “where do I go next” and the “why is this happening to me” we should be focused on Christ.
When we live with this confidence in our Father we learn that no matter what comes next we don’t have to stress. He’s already got it under control.
One of my favorite quotes says “Faith tells me that no matter what lies in front of me, God is already there.”
He’s already there. Let that sink in for a second. The questions you don’t have answers to…He knows. The direction in life you aren’t sure about…He’s there. That scary decision, the sickness, the trial…He’s. Already. There. He knows how it ends and He’s working it all out to point towards Him.
To me, this is SO comforting! To think that all these questions about my future are already answered. I don’t have to worry about it because God knows the outcome. So, when I trust in Him I can find peace in knowing that He’s got it all worked out.
So, if you’re in a place where the future is unknown. Or maybe you are in unfamiliar territory and aren’t sure what to do next. Hold onto the promise that He’s already there. He already knows. God is not writing your story, He’s not deciding where life will take you next, He already knows. He’s already there and we can rejoice in knowing that He wins every time!
Father, thank you for Your comfort in times when we might be worrying about the unknown. I pray that we can lean on the understanding that You know each step we take. You know what comes next and are already there. I pray that we can trust in that peace as we navigate through life’s changes. I pray that we can rest in the knowledge that our story, our journey, is really Your story. Amen!