God is the author. It’s a simple enough concept. In fact I think most folks of faith find this idea incredibly soothing. We find great comfort knowing that as the story of life and “my life” in particular unfolds, someone is in control. God as author is a powerful and poetic idea. That is until we realize he’s writing a line or paragraph or chapter or section of our stories we don’t particularly like.
In times like these we try our hand at writing. I know I do. I set the scene. I build the action. I attempt to develop the characters. I dictate the climax. And I chase down my own resolutions.
But it’s only a matter of time before I realize… I’m not a very good author. Or at the very least I get to the resolution and realize that nothing has really been resolved. Been there? Among a number of other reasons, we fail as the author of our lives because we fail to appropriately deal in the “fall in action” nor do we have a sufficient “turn” from fall in action to resolution. To put it another way, we don’t deal with the real issues and therefore we can’t possibly introduce a viable remedy.
All that being said I constantly try to take the pen (or keyboard, I guess) out of his hands. So… here are seven things I like to keep in mind when I’m tempted to become the author of my story or anyone else’s for that matter…
1. God is involved in every aspect of my story and the story. It’s his story.
2. God keeps the story going, just as he intends.
3. God develops his story with us and in us, always (even if we don’t want him to).
4. God weaves the story together in order to accomplish his good purposes.
5. God has written himself into the story.
6. God deals with the real issue–sin.
7. God–specifically his Son, Jesus and his atoning work and subsequent resurrection–is the sufficient resolution.