The Master Storyteller

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I still remember being all excited about receiving my master’s in journalism, but as all of us fussed around with our caps and gowns before the graduation ceremony I couldn’t help but look around at the graduates in all the other majors and think, “um, I’m getting a master’s in … telling stories?”

It seemed a bit odd to me, especially since that’s what my undergraduate degree was in, but even now I can’t think of anything else I would have rather studied at the time. One of the best parts about journalism for me was telling other people’s stories and giving them a voice. The pen really can be mightier than the sword.

Back then, I also enjoyed being in seemingly full control of my life.

I had no idea that just a few months later I would be lovingly surrendering my life to God!

After giving my life to the Lord, I soon realized that I was no longer the one writing my life story. As much as the writer in me would like to direct how my script unfolds, over the years I’ve learned the beauty of continually surrendering the pen to Jesus and trusting that His plans for me are far greater than anything I can imagine.

What a delight it’s been to follow Jesus on this journey! Even with all the twists and turns.

Jesus is the Master Storyteller. It humbles and amazes me to think that Jesus would take time to carefully weave the story of my life together, with all its intricacies and nuances.

Sometimes He gives me glimpses of what’s up ahead, which I’m so grateful for! Other times, He completely surprises me and keeps me on my toes. When something unexpected comes up, no matter how unpleasant, I’ve learned to remain calm knowing that this didn’t surprise Jesus. He’s not making things up as He goes along.

Consider this:

  • Jesus Knows Everything! “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 22:13)
  • He Already Knows How Our Story Will Turn Out! “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139: 15-16)
  • Our Steps Are Ordered By The Lord: “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

As believers, we can trust that Jesus is writing our stories with love, grace, and mercy! And as a Good Shepherd, He is committed to leading and guiding His sheep.

What if we don’t like or agree with how our story is being written? We can rebel, go astray, and take matters into our own hands. The choice is ours.

As believers, the loving shepherd will welcome us back after we repent. That’s the beauty of Grace and Mercy.

But why break fellowship with God and run from His plans for us? Why not trust that He knows what He is doing and that our story will work out exactly the way it’s meant to be?

If you’re struggling to hand over the pen to Jesus, could I encourage you that Jesus loves you and wants the best for you? Yes, that will include times of tests, trials, and tears. That’s part of the human experience. But God will see you through all of that. As God said to the nation of Israel:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

We don’t know all the details about our story, but God Almighty does! The pen is safe in Jesus’ hands. After all, He is the “author and finisher of our faith”. (Hebrews 12:2 KJV)

Let’s see what’s in the next chapter!

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

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One Reply to “The Master Storyteller”

  1. Amen to God being our Master Storyteller! Being reminded about that truth every so often is encouraging. The part that spoke to me the most was learning to remain calm even in those “unpleasant” testing times. Choosing to trust God more…positively affects my attitude. So, I am just glad that we serve an awesome God who has a good plan for each of us and that we can lean on Him who knows everything.

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