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Monday, February 6, 2012

God Loves Your Story


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

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15 comments:

Heidi Leanne said...

I needed to read this tonight. Beautiful, and so spot on. I love the thought that the hard times that we're going through are just chapters in our life story that He has masterfully created to lead us to the perfect happy ending that we never thought would happen. With that perspective, it makes it all seem so easy, and do-able.

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Heidi, I'm so happy that you were blessed by this too. You're right, a different perspective does help. Lord, help us to trust in Your story for our lives, and see the bigger picture in the midst of difficulty.

Michelle Griep said...

Awww..I got all warm and fuzzy reading this post. Thanks Gwen!

Gwendolyn Gage said...

You're welcome, Michelle! I'm glad it blessed you. :-)

Loree Huebner said...

Beautiful. I love what God reveals to us in prayer.

Our story is His story...perfect! He's the author of all!

Shannon Milholland said...

God is the author of my story and He delights when I willingly hand Him the pen to write on the pages of my heart!!!

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Amen, Loree! He is the Author and Finisher of our faith! I love those special quiet-time revelations too!


Shannon, that is true -- while Pearl and Trey are figments of my imagination, we are real people with free will. And while I believe that God already knows the end of the story for everyone, He has given us the awesome privilege of co-writing our story by choosing to please Him or ourselves.

Susan said...

Love this! It touched my heart tonight - thanks for sharing it, Gwen:) I forget sometimes that He delights in me.

Gwendolyn Gage said...

You're welcome, Susan! I think we all need to be reminded every now and then. :-)

Mia De Vries said...

Hi Gwendolyn
I found your blog at Renee Ann's and am glad that you shared with us that we all have a story that us precious to our Pappa. I am sure that your two friends in your book will have a wonderful revelation at the end of His ever present help!
Much love
Mia

Gwendolyn Gage said...

They certainly will, Mia. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings!

Diane Chase said...

Gwendolyn, this reminds me of God's purposeful ways and love. I enjoyed my visit here...came via Renee Ann's Linky. God bless, Diane

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Hi Diane, so glad this blessed you! Thanks for visiting. :-)

Renee said...

This is the sweetest post, Gwen! Thank you for reminding us of all the love God poured out on us as He designed our lives. You've encouraged my heart today. Thanks for linking up! Blessings!

Gwendolyn Gage said...

It blesses me to hear that this word encouraged you, Renee! :-)

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