A year ago our women’s ministry hosted a ladies retreat with Susie Larson as our speaker. After one of Susie’s sessions, she asked us this question, “What are you hanging on to that Jesus is asking for?” Music played in the background and we were instructed to pray and ask Jesus what it is He is asking us to give him.
I prayed about it, fully expecting His response to be doubts and fears, but as I sat and waited for His reply I heard, “Your story.”
“What? You have it Lord.”
“Yeah, but you are afraid of what I will write next.”
That revelation shook me to my core. It was true. I had given my life to God and wanted Him to write my story, but I was afraid of what might come next and was constantly trying to figure out how I would get from where I currently was in my story to the good part—the part where I lay hold of the dream God has placed in my heart.
I scribbled down “my story” on a small piece of paper, folded it up, and brought to the front of the altar to lay it at the feet of my Lord, and I knew at that moment that I could trust Him with the next chapter of my story.
My time of prayer at the altar filled me with peace. I laid my story down at the altar, and gave Jesus full access to it, trusting Him with it no matter what.
As I stood to my feet, I walked away from the paper covered altar with a fresh sense of God’s protection over me. I also was affirmed that though some parts of my story don’t move as quickly as I would like them to, as long as I keep in step with Jesus, he will produce the game-changing climax that will move me from one chapter of my story to the next.
Now, a year later, I can tell you that I do not fear the story God is writing with my life. Like any good story, there have been chapters of ups and downs, problems and resolutions, but I have learned a new level of trust in my Writer because woven throughout every part is the theme of Romans 8:28,
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
He is working every part of my story, the good and bad, the pain and healing, all together for good, and I hope that one day when I get to the end, He will play it back for me so I can see the ways it all comes together for our good and His glory.
The same is true for your story. You can trust Him with what comes next.
“When we trust our lives to the unseen but ever present God, He will write our lives into His story and every last one of them will turn out to be a great read with a grand ending.”
I’d like to encourage you to check out the newest Faith Writer’s compilation book, Trials and Triumphs II. It is filled with stories written by God that prove that He can be trusted as the Writer of our stories. It features one of my stories along with 49 other amazing testimonies of God’s faithfulness and goodness.
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