From the LYWB.com Team: Everyone loves a good story. That’s why we’re over-the-top excited to announce the release of You Can Trust God to Write Your Story, written by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and Robert Wolgemuth.
If you’ve ever wished your story had some chapters written differently . . .
If you’ve ever thought there’s no way God can use your story . . .
If you’ve ever longed to be a part of a bigger story . . .
This book is for you!
To celebrate the book’s release, we’ll feature some amazing stories on the blog this month and help you think about how God is using your story.
Here’s a first look at You Can Trust God to Write Your Story. Keep reading to find out how you can snag a free copy for yourself.
There’s something about the clarity of looking into a rearview mirror. Looking back often gives us a more accurate picture of where we’ve been and what it means. That’s not to say that every look back will show us all there is to see—at least not in this life. We have to have eyes to see, and that may take time and prayer. But if we continue to ponder where we’ve been and look with eyes of faith, the view in the rearview mirror will often snap into focus and we’ll get a clearer vision of how God has been working in our lives.
The view out the front windshield is a different story. We may think we know where we’re headed, only to discover again and again that we had no earthly idea. What actually takes place may not at all be what we had envisioned or anticipated.
What we see looking ahead is our story—our circumstances seen from our finite, limited perspective.
What appears when we look back is God’s Story—what He sees and knows and has in mind; how He is always at work for our good and His glory.
10 Truths about the Story
God is writing a Story—the Story of redemption. It is grander and greater than anything we can imagine. Here are several important things to remind ourselves often about His Story and how it relates to the story He is writing in and through each of our lives:
- Our individual stories are part of a much bigger Story. At times, we will experience heartache, loss, disappointment, and unfulfilled longings. But He is weaving all of that into a Story that will have us lost in wonder and worship when we get to the end.
- Ultimately, this Story is not about us, but about Him. We are bit players in His story. We are not the stars. He is!
- Perspective makes all the difference. God sees the beginning and the end and everything in between; we only see this present moment. In storytelling language, His is an omniscient point of view, whereas ours is intrinsically limited to what we can perceive from our earthly vantage point. He has a wide-angle lens and sees the whole mural He is painting in all of history. We only see the little speck of time and space we occupy at this moment.
- God works in unexpected, unexplainable ways to accomplish His purposes. We should not expect Him to write our story the way we would write it.
- God sovereignly and purposefully ordains and orchestrates the circumstances of our lives. There is no such thing as happenstance or accident. Nothing catches Him off-guard. There is no plot twist in your story or ours of which He is unaware or that He can’t overcome.
- What we see now is not the whole story. If we could see what God sees and know what He knows, our hearts would be at peace.
- We can trust Him to write the story of those we love. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t help or support them. But we don’t want to rescue them from circumstances that may be a chapter of the story He is writing in their lives.
- The challenges we face may be a part of God writing someone else’s story. God wants to use our story to be a means of His grace and intervention in the lives of others—even those who may have “wrecked” our story.
- Those who trust in Him will never be disappointed (Isa. 49:23). Not every chapter in this life has a “happy” ending. But every true child of God will live “happily ever after.” We can be sure of that.
- You can trust God to write your story . . . and you can be sure that in the end, He will right your story!
Wanna learn more about trusting God with your story? Download a free chapter of You Can Trust God to Write Your Story here. Then tell us more about your story using the form below. Leave us a comment on this post alerting us that you’ve shared your story. We will select five of you to win a free copy of You Can Trust God to Write Your Story.