Happy New Year, friends. We can’t wait to spend another year with you. To kick off 2020, we’ve pulled your favorite posts out of the vault. Enjoy them again (or for the first time) with our “Best of” series all month long.
There will likely be times in the year ahead when question God’s plan. In preparation for those moments, check out this post from Samantha.
I love a good story.
Good storytelling sparks a fire in my belly. And I know it’s because masterful storytelling points us to the Creator of stories. God is the Author who originated plotlines themselves. He is the first Storyteller, the best Storyteller—and the Bible is where we discover the most intricate and powerful story ever told.
The words on every page weave together a plotline from Genesis to Revelation, and God has a plan for every chapter within His greater story.
What’s one of my favorite stories in Scripture? It’s Esther’s.
God isn’t mentioned in the book of Esther. (Nope, not once.) But His fingerprints are all over her story—the story of God’s people rescued from annihilation in Persia.
The ten chapters of Esther shout God’s plan-creating sovereignty. If we aren’t paying close attention, we might miss the dramatic and careful storytelling.
The Jewish people weren’t saved from total destruction by mere chance; God arranged the right things to happen at the right moments in order for His purposes to come to fruition.
Esther’s story reminds us that nothing and no one can stop God’s plan.
The Author Is at Work
Here’s the thing I’ve been learning about trusting God’s plan when life looks bleak or intimidating or entirely impossible: God really is at work.
It may not seem like He’s working in your life right now. It might feel like your prayers have gone unanswered. You may feel stuck in circumstances that hurt like you never imagined. Perhaps you don’t even see a fork in the road. The path has seemingly ended, and uncharted territory stares you down.
The words “just trust God’s plan” could sound frustrating to you right now. The idea of blind faith seems like someone is trying to slap a Band-Aid over a gunshot wound. I’m bleeding out here, you think. And I’m supposed to have faith and hope when nothing is happening for me?
But God is at work. He really is.
He doesn’t necessarily dump a bucket of “His Plan” over our heads all at once; He gives us a drop at a time so that we can learn to trust Him one day at a time. If we aren’t looking, we can miss all the ways He is crafting our own stories, plot twists and all.
One Faith Step at a Time
Sometimes those next steps are big. They require bravery and boldness. We couldn’t face them without the things He’s brought into our lives in the days and months and years leading up to it: that friend who taught and encouraged us, that perfectly timed sermon that challenged us, that trial that flexed our suffering muscles . . .
Can you look back and see God’s faithfulness woven throughout your story? The ways He has shown up by giving you gifts of grace each day (Lam. 3:16–24)? The people, the circumstances, the words, the hard things—they all prepare us as God builds the story for His good purposes (Gen. 50; Rom. 8:28–38).
Esther couldn’t see the big picture, and neither can we. But like Esther, we can take the next step of faith and declare, “I trust you, God.” And because He promises to be faithful, there will be a day when we can turn around and say, “God, You arranged those pieces of my story in ways I never would have imagined. You did answer my prayers. You did show up. Thank you for writing my story.”