As a writer, I've always appreciated the idea that my life is like a story that God is writing for His pleasure and glory. There are devotionals and books out there that drive this point home beautifully, and I regret that I haven't read any of them. But last night, in the middle of prayer, I was caught off guard.
Gwen, I love your story, even more than you love Trey and Pearl's.
Those of you who know me, know that I LOVE the story of Trey and Pearl. Their story is my favorite of the ones I've written and attempted to write, and I doubt that I will ever write another that could knock them from their place in my heart. In the moments following the startling thought, I remembered how I delighted in every chapter, word and punctuation mark of that manuscript.
I fashioned Pearl and Trey the way I wanted them, right down to their odd quirks and habits. I still smile when I talk about them. I spent countless hours just thinking about the plot, brainstorming for circumstances that would help my characters grow, and propel the story toward the beautiful ending I wanted for them. Maybe from Pearl and Trey's perspective, my plot twists and turns seemed cruel and unreasonable, but I lovingly allowed every hardship and tragedy for a reason. In fact, if they could pop out of the book, hold those pages in their hands and see their story the way I see it, they wouldn't feel so abandoned, forgotten, and unloved in chapers one, eleven, and eighteen. I cried with them when they were hurting. I cheered them on as they found the courage to choose God's will over their own. I rejoiced in their successes. My heart leaped and sighed when they finally got the happy ending that just didn't seem possible.
That message wasn't just for me. It's for you too. God loves your life story a thousand times more than you love your favorite manuscript, book or movie. You're His precious creation. He gave His life for you, and He's eagerly anticipating your happy ending -- the moment when You arrive in heaven and feel His arms around you.
"And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." Philippians 1:6