Devotional

“When we leave the pen in His hands we will never be disappointed with the story of our lives.” ― Eric Ludy, When God Writes Your Life Story

Your life is a story. Each new day is an opportunity to write a new story; a blank page to start over and begin writing a new chapter on your life. Your story talks about the events of your life, reliving your proudest success, your most embarrassing misstep, and everything in-between. 

Most people think that their life story is an autobiography: they are the author, the main protagonist, and sometimes the villain in their story. Thankfully, as Christians, we are not the author of our personal stories. God is writing a grand script that involves all of us. We know the story has a happy ending. Every turn He writes into your story is right. Every twist of the plot is for the best even when God seems to take the story on a tangent we would not write into the script.

Hurricane Michael is now part of our story. But we didn’t want it to be. We had written out a story for our lives and this wasn’t part of it. It didn’t include the loss of a house, or a job, or seemingly the future. This isn’t part of the plan. After all, it is my story. I had carefully laid out my plans. I had crafted the perfect path in my head. But I’m not the author.

And so, I have to trust God with the script changes in my life. I need to have faith even when I only want to grasp tighter to my carefully laid plans. If I truly trust God with my life, that means I trust him with every aspect. Each and every word, sentence, and chapter. I will acknowledge Him as the only one who can change my story, edit it, erase it and rewrite it. Even when I am afraid to flip the page and see what happens next. Even when I think the next page is going to be sunny and it turns out to be a category 4 hurricane.

There is something liberating about handing the pen to God and letting Him do His work. There is something peaceful about knowing God is with you, when you know He sees what no one sees, when you believe He understands what you can’t explain and when you trust that He is listening to the words you’re not saying. And there is a peace looking back and seeing what God has already brought you through. The hopeless times. The tiring times. The exciting times. Because the truth is, though many of these chapters haven’t been what I had always hoped for, but they are part of God’s perfect script for my life.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why is it important to let God write the script for your life’s story?
  2. What can we do this week to turn over the pen to God?