Monday, January 26, 2015

Trusting God with an Unfinished Story

A good friend of mine—published author of fiction and non-fiction—is writing a suspense novel and sent me her manuscript.

I’m definitely caught up in the story. There’s sufficient tension and expectation and wondering if the girl is going to find justice and if the guy is going to win her heart.

There’s only one problem: the book isn’t finished yet.

I actually agreed to read a suspense novel whose ending has yet to be written.

Thankfully, Kimberly Rae has written multiple stories. I’ve read many of them to the end, and none has left me disappointed.

I know I can safely read an unfinished suspense novel by Kimberly Rae.

Because she’s a good author.

Each of our lives is an unfinished story.

With a job loss soon and my health always uncertain, my life feels like a suspense novel with an unfinished ending.

Maybe yours does too.

Maybe you’re further along in your story than I am in mine, but unknowns lie ahead for all of us.

Our stories aren’t finished.

But in the heart of the Author of our stories, they were completely written before time began and before we came onto the scene.

He figured out plot and character and set the stage from the beginning. He’s been unfolding that story year by year—writing new chapters and adding sufficient tension and expectation.

He’s written multiple stories throughout the centuries. You and I have read many of them, and we’ve not been left disappointed.

Kimberly Rae is sending me the rest of her book by Valentine’s Day (Right, Kim?).

I’m certain she’s finding a measure of joy in knowing I trust that she knows the end and that I’m not going to be disappointed.

Psalm 147:11 says, “The LORD takes pleasure . . . in those who hope in His mercy.”

When we trust that the Lord knows the end and knows what’s going to happen in the chapters in between, and when we’re living our stories with that certainty wrapping our days together, it gives Him pleasure.

Because He does know the end.

And He’s a really good Author.

“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” (Hebrews 11:1,2)

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