I couldn’t make any sense of it. I couldn’t discern the structure. I couldn’t trace a plot line or see story progression. I read chapter after chapter of a meandering narrative that seemed to go nowhere.
I didn’t find the protagonist to be a sympathetic figure either. To be honest, I didn’t even find him interesting. Frankly, I was tired of reading about his boring, meaningless misadventures. My life story was a book I could easily put down.
At times I even thought to myself, “Why should this story continue?”
An answer to that question came to me while I was reading the story of another David.
God spoke these words to King David:
“I took you from the sheep pasture…to be prince over my people Israel…I have been with you…I have cut off your enemies…I will make you a name…I will appoint a place for my people Israel…I will build you a house…”
I couldn’t help but notice a few things:
- God claims authorship of David’s story.
- God presents Himself as the main character in David’s story.
- God makes it clear that the story God is writing in David’s life is part of a larger redemption story that He is authoring.
I found great encouragement in meditating upon these truths because I knew they applied to me just as they did to King David. Even though I couldn’t discern a coherent narrative, I knew God was up to something good in my life. So, I continued my search to discover God’s plans for me while keeping these things in mind:
- My story is not really my story after all. It’s God’s story in the life of Dave.
- I’m not the central character or the main actor in this story. God is.
- God’s story in the life of Dave is part of the Big Redemption Story God is writing.
The stories God is writing in each of our lives are in no way meaningless or insignificant. They are indispensable parts of God’s Grand Narrative of Redemption. He invites us into the amazing story in which He reconciles all things to Himself through Christ and sums up everything in Him.
So, in light of this, how do we live?
We cooperate with the Author of our stories by being attentive to Him and receptive to His Spirit. We enjoy the privilege of participation with the Main Character as He acts powerfully in us and through us. And no matter how things look in any chapter or on any particular page, we can be confident that our stories are going someplace wonderful beyond our imagining.
I should mention that, as we turn the pages, bad things will happen to us, and we will do bad things. (see King David) But we mustn’t lose hope. God is writing a redemptive story. There will be a happy ending.
And our happy ending will be a glorious new beginning.
So, what’s your story?