Your Life Story
*a guest post by Melony Teague*
It dawned on me recently that while I relish plot twists in the fiction books I read, I am not quite so accommodating when it comes to real life, particularly my own. While plot twists might keep the book I am reading interesting, intriguing, and engaging, I am more reluctant when my own, real-life story comes up against unexpected roadblocks.
Among other things, authors use plot twists to showcase character development in times of conflict. Now there is a thought. Perhaps the things I face in my life are instruments to grow me, develop me, and refine me. I am puzzled when I expect life to go one way, and things go completely in the opposite direction. When I experienced an unexpected illness some years back, which put all my well-made plans on hold, I wondered why. Later on, I realized that bumps in the road, such as these, can turn out to be a blessing. It gave me time to reflect on what was really important, and to prioritize things in my life. A wake-up call, if you will, resulting in character growth.
When my plans are disrupted or chaos reigns, I also need to remember that these trials are often temporary. Once the crisis dies down, things usually aren’t as bad as I thought at first. Additionally, the crisis can also serve as a prompt to rely on the Lord at all times. As an imperfect human being, it’s easy for me to call on the Lord only in times of trouble. Instead, He deserves all of me, all the time.
If trouble is inevitable—and it surely is—this promise is all the more dear to me: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NIV). When we allow God to be the author of our stories, to write His story on our hearts—plot twists and all—we know that He will never leave us, nor forsake us (Matthew 28:20b). Our story will never be boring—just imagine what He will do as He lovingly writes our individual and unique stories—guiding us as we go. I suppose this means I have to trust Him with my future, with my story, with my conflicts, until I see Him face to face. “But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted” (Job 5:8-9, NIV).
When I place myself in the palm of God’s hand, an unexpected turn of events in my life suddenly doesn’t seem as intimidating, because He is right there with me. Christ—our Emmanuel—walked this earth. He knows our sorrow, and He has felt the depth of our pain. I am humbled to think that the King of Heaven did this willingly for me, for you, for us.
Lord, when I feel like there is a plot twist in my life story, please remind me that you are with me always, even until the end of the age. Remind me of your love for me, no matter what comes against me, or what I face today.
More about Melony:
Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. Melony is an editorial contributor for newspapers and magazines in the Greater Toronto Area. Melony’s guest columns address issues pertaining to the life and health of her community. She loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. In her spare time she reviews books, and interviews authors. These reviews can be found on her website. Melony was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1999. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children.
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