You Can Trust God . . . You Really Can
by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth & Robert Wolgemuth
Imagine that you’re watching your favorite sports team play in a championship game. The game is down to the wire and the two teams are neck and neck. Normally, you’d be on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, holding your breath, yelling “No way!” when a bad call or play is made.
But not this time. Instead, you grab a snack, sit back in your favorite chair, put your feet up and enjoy the game. You’re not in the least bit anxious. Why?
Because you’re watching a replay of the game. And you already heard the outcome—you know that your team won. That totally changes the way you watch the game. You know how it’s going to end. No need to be stressed.
Because we know who wins! And that’s why we can keep on trusting God, even in those times when our story isn’t unfolding the way we hoped it would or thought it should.
If we were to write our own stories or the stories of our closest family and friends, we’d opt for sunny skies and smooth sailing and skip the dreary, stormy days. Page after page would include what’s familiar and predictable, with as few changes and surprises as possible.
Bottom line? We’d pen a narrative in which we don’t (really) need God except perhaps as a cosmic Blessing Dispenser.
But God loves us too much to let us have that kind of life.
God’s story is about far more than just giving us an uneventful joyride to heaven. It is about His Kingdom coming and His will being done on earth—in us!—as it is in heaven. It is about preparing and fitting us for eternity. And it is about changing us, growing us up from immature, self-absorbed, idol-worshiping, whining, sinning brats into mature, Christ-absorbed, God-exalting, grateful, obedient followers and friends. Like all good stories, it is about transformation.
Not only can you trust God to write your story; you can also be sure that, in the end, He will right your story!
Taken from You Can Trust God to Write Your Story: Embracing the Mysteries of Providence by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth & Robert Wolgemuth (©2019). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission.