Friend, God writes good stories. Good, good stories.
Interruptions. Mistakes. Bad choices. Unfairness. Hurts. Rejection. Fear. Rock bottom. Delay. Aimless. Those are the things we don’t want in our good stories. Firsthand. I know. I have been both on the giving and receiving end. If we have lived longed enough, we probably all have been on one end or other at some point in our lives.
Redemption. Reconciliation. Forgiveness. Healing. Acceptance. Belonging. Joy. Mountain top. Arrival. Purpose. Those are the things we want in our good stories. Yet those things have little meaning in our lives if we haven’t experienced the former.
Good stories come with ebbs and flows. And when we learn and understand the ebbs make the flows so much sweeter, we can begin to see the good that God is writing. The ebbs, though often painful, are seasons of faith building. It is undoing, a time of uncertainty. And the flows, ever anticipated, are the washing and cleansing and purpose.
I would have never chosen the story I have. The discovery of an affair, the verbal and emotional abuse, the destruction of dreams. An ebb that felt certain to never end. The literal clinging to Truth about who I am and was created to be. Clinging to the hope that there could be a purpose in the pain. Clinging to the promise that God was at work in my uncertainty and that it more than just about me.
And then the tide turned ever so gently. Ebb into flow.
And the flow is beautiful. Not because it is perfect but because it’s not. Redemption doesn’t come without a sacrifice along the way. Reconciliation doesn’t come without a loss. Forgiveness isn’t extended or accepted without an offense. Healing doesn’t happen if there hasn’t been an injury or a pain. Acceptance only holds meaning because we understand rejection. Joy only has an exceptional meaning if we have known despair. Arrival means we understand delay. Purpose is revealed after we have felt aimless.
Good stories. Good stories are being written. Good does not mean perfect. Good means a complete story is being written and worked out. Good means that God will use your story to draw hearts in. Good means that the most unimaginable hurts and pains have purpose. Good means that light overcomes the darkness.
“Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 1:6
“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.” ~Philippians 1:12-14