You don’t know when your story will change. You can look back and see the events that shaped your past. A traumatic event, death, divorce, sickness, loss of a job, loss of a home. The people in your life change and you change. These major changes are not things you control or even anticipate. They are things you survive, move thru, adjust to. They change your story.
It does no good to look back and wonder what your life might have been if it didn’t happen. That fantasy game only dances you into depression and sorrow. Then you miss the great blessings of what is happening in your life now. You must claw your way out of depression hand over hand, fist over fist. A dance in, a fight out.
But these major turning points are not the only things that change your life. There are also joyous events, births, marriages, health, new jobs and new homes that engrave themselves on the the pages your life. The people in your life change and you change. These major changes are not things you control or even anticipate. They are things you grow thru, move thru, adjust to? They change your story.
It does no good to look to your future and wonder what your life might be like when they happen. That fantasy game only dances you into dissatisfaction and discontent. Then you miss the great blessings that are happening in your life now. You must fight your way out of this as well. Dance in, fight out.
You don’t know what will change your story but you can know that you are not alone it. That as you walk through the chapters of your life, there is someone who walks beside you. He does not promise that will be perfect or easy. He does not garuntee that pain and loss will not touch you. He promises that he will walk with you. Give you comfort when you need it. Give you peace in the midst of chaos. Give you hope in the midst of hopelessness.
He will celebrate with you, hold you when devastation overwhelms you, help you fight out of depression and dissatisfaction, help you understand the past, be excited for the future and completely content in the present.
Your life is a journey and he is in for the long haul.
Your story will change, but he will not.
People will enter your life and leave it, but he will not.
No, you don’t know when your story will change.
Maybe that is why we are promised that Jesus will not.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)
I love you, God-you make me strong. God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight. My God-the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout.
(Psalm 18:1, 2 MSG)
I am going to Dean’s funeral this morning. He was 48 years old with a wife and two boys. He died suddenly from a blot clot in his lungs. There was no warning and nothing anyone could have done.
His beautiful wife didn’t know that her story was about to drastically change and he did not know that his story would end. He is now dancing in eternity and she is clinging to the God of all comfort.