For several months I have been working on writing a book. As a new author, I have learned much about authorship that I hadn’t even considered before beginning this process. I know that there is yet much for me to learn before this process is complete.
This last week a thought occurred to me. More that a thought perhaps; more like a question:
Who is authoring your story?
A silly question? Perhaps it is for many because we have bought into the lies of the world around us. “Go to school, get a good job and live happily ever-after”.
Day after day we live the life that we have made for ourselves, often times living weekend to weekend or paycheck to paycheck.
As we begin a new year we hear much about, any perhaps many of us make, “new year’s resolutions”. Year after year we prove that the plans we make are of little long-term value.
The next question is a bit more harsh: “How is that working for you?”
If you were to honestly evaluate how you are doing and where you are going, how would you feel about your answers?
So let’s get back to the original question: Who is the author of your story?
From the book of Jeremiah God says:
'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope'.
So, much like the author of a good book, God has a plan for your life. Much more than just a simple plan, however, in that His plan is for “welfare, future and hope”.
His plan continues: 'Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
This is a vitally important point. We must get the order right or we simply fall back into our own efforts as a failed plan. God’s plan for us is to first, agree and accept that God has a plan of welfare, future and hope for us and second, knowing that, we will then call upon Him and He will answer.
To assure our understanding of this truth God addresses those of us who are likely to “dip our toe” into His plan.
'You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.'
So, allow me to change the question to one more important:
Who will be the author of your story from this point on?