Monday, April 25, 2011
Love, Life and the Larger Story
If your life were a story in a book or movie, what would it be? A comedy? Drama? Mystery?
Eugene Peterson once said, "We live in a narrative, we live in story...We have a beginning and an end. We have a plot, we have characters."
In his classic work, The Sacred Romance, John Eldredge talks about God as the Hero in the Larger Story of life:
"It is only when we see God as the Hero of the larger story that we come to know that his heart is good."
Do you believe God is GOOD? That He is pursuing you, that He loves you more than you will ever know?
Your story, your life has a purpose. Whether it's been a "good read" or something you'd like to edit and change, it's been--up until now--the story you've had. Your past.
But that doesn't mean the future can't be different.
There is more to this life, and more to your story. It's just not been written yet. Life is a path that unfolds before you. We take right and left turns. Often we hesitate and do nothing. But, with a phone call or an "aha moment" or one single choice...
As you put your hope in God--the Author and the Hero in the story of your life--ask Him to lead, guide, and unfold his BEST for you. Trust that all things really do work together for the good--whether or not you can see the end result from here.
At times, it may feel like "The End"; it's over. It's too late. But maybe it's merely a new chapter in life...or a new volume. A new beginning.
Perhaps it's time for some changes, good and worthy and right. You never know what is just around the corner.
The best is yet to come--in your story and mine.
Jackie M. Johnson is an author and freelance writer in Colorado. Her hope-filled and encouraging books include "Power Prayers for Women," "When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton Is Empty" and "Powerful Prayers for Challenging Times." Jackie also writes the Living Single blog on Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk website.