We are hardwired for story. From the time we are born we begin to hear stories read over us, to us and with us. When we are able to read we then begin picking genres that peak our interest and engage our mind; stories that prompt us to turn the page eagerly awaiting the next sentence, the next paragraph, the next chapter. And if we are really engaged in the story, intrigued by the characters, and inspired by the plot – we anticipate a sequel, the next book in the series, something that continues the joy of a story that has been so creatively crafted and woven.
But when it comes to our own story, the chapters in our lives – when the conflict comes, when we are tested, when the struggle of our story overwhelms us, we want to put the book down, leaving an untold story on the table. Every brilliant story encounters conflict, every inspiring character has experienced and overcome adversity, every Act II is followed by an Act III. In the turning of a page, the life of a character, and resolve of Act III, we are reminded in the middle of any epic story there is conflict, tragedy, pain, suffering, struggle. But it is in the conflict, tragedy, pain, suffering, and struggle that the character is being refined in order to shine.
If we put the story of our life down, if we fail to turn the page or allow a sequel to our suffering be written, then we often silence our purpose and surrender our passion. Where is your story? Are you in a season of struggle? Is your story your own or are you living someone else’s because of responsibilities or comparison?
As you pursue your purpose and define your passion, remember the most beautiful silver has been forged in the hottest of fires, the most useful pottery has been pressed and shaped, the most epic stories are written out of great conflict and adversity.
We are given one story, filled with many chapters. May we have the strength and courage to continue turning the page with the Master storyteller fueling our faith and trusting that “He uses all things together for the good of those who love Him.”
Blessings on your day!
“For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins. You made men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.” Psalm 66:10-12
“And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.'” Zechariah 13:9