You have a story, and it matters! But let me ask you a question. Have you embraced your story? Do you even know what your story is? And do you know who is writing your story?
What Is A Story?
Before we answer those questions, we have to understand what a story is.
Simply defined, a story is a character that wants something and overcomes conflict to get it.
Just for a minute think about your favorite movie, book, or TV show. Isn’t is about a character (or characters) that want something and overcomes conflict to get it?
Stories also have structure. Put another way they have a beginning, a middle, and an end. So where does our story begin?
Whose Story Is It Anyway?
First, we have to understand that our story is not about us. Say what? You heard me right. Our story is not about us. The story is about God. It’s His story. He is the Ultimate Author. So if it’s His story then where does that leave us?
All epic stories have subplots, and each of our lives is a subplot in a bigger story.
As I pondered my story, I realized I didn’t like it very much. Why, because I had made my story all about me. The day I came to understand that it wasn’t all about me was the most freeing day of my life. I was able to embrace my story as a subplot in the story of God and acknowledge Him as the Ultimate Author.
That realization freed me from going through life focusing on myself and trying to control the outcome of my life. The weight of the world lifted off my shoulder when I stopped trying to be God.
What’s Your Perspective Of The Author?
To begin understanding our story and living the subplot He created us to live we must have a right perspective of the Author.
A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” It will influence every aspect of our life. If we have an incomplete or false understanding of God’s character, it will set the plot of our story in the wrong direction, negatively affecting our decisions and choices.
There are two primary reasons we misunderstand God. First, is a bad relationship with a parent or authority figure.
If they fall short of God’s design, it can cause us to have a distorted view of God because we see Him through the lens of our experience with that person.
Second, some of us are more interested in what God can give us and do for us than we are in just knowing Him.
What Is Your Role?
Both of those reasons result in one thing. A lack of trust in God, the Father. If we don’t trust God completely, we will never be able to submit and partner with Him to write our epic subplot.
God used a childhood memory to help me understand what it means to trust Him completely.
When I was a little girl whenever we would pile into the car to go anywhere, I had perfect peace. Why? Because I trusted my earthly father, I had no doubt that he knew where we were going and how to get there. In fact, I was so confident that we would arrive safely I would curl up in the back seat and go to sleep.
God pointed out to me that if I could trust my earthly father that much surely I could trust the One who authored my story. The One who knows me best and loves me most. That was a light bulb moment for me.
Can I trust Him? Do I trust Him? Trust is not an emotion, it’s a choice, and it’s the key. When the answer to those questions is yes, fasten your seatbelt, because we are about to embark on the grand adventure He has for each of us.
Trust will allow us to partner with the Ultimate Author, as He writes our story and penning us in His image. Like any story, ours will consist of both positive and negative plot twists. It will not be perfect this side of Heaven.
But if we will allow Him, He will use the plot twists to author our unique subplot in His story. If we trust Him, we can embrace our story and know we are becoming who He created us to be.
What are the areas of your life where you find it difficult to trust God?