A Story or a Picture?

Scripture Reading — Isaiah 43:1-4

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you . . . .
—Isaiah 43:2 — 

I’ll be honest: there are days when I’m not sure I want someone else to be my storyteller. I’m not sure I want my story to head through uncertainty while it slowly winds its way toward God’s happy ending. While it might be exciting for other people to see God weave their stories through adventure after adventure, I personally find that kind of suspense exhausting.

Instead of a story, I think I would prefer a nice picture. I think I would rather have a nice photograph or painting where nothing much happens. I can imagine a pleasant scene where I am enjoying beautiful weather in lovely surroundings. And the best part about this picture would be that it would present very few surprises. Mostly I’d just sit there, relaxing.

There are days when I think I’d rather feel that kind of safety than to actually experience God at work. Fortunately, God doesn’t usually grant me that request. Perhaps the same is true for you.

You see, we don’t shape our stories; they shape us. Every twist and turn in your narrative is a carefully arranged step in God’s process for shaping you into the image of Christ, for helping you become the person God has called you to be. God doesn’t lead us into our life stories because those adventures will be easy. He leads us into them because they will be good.

How about you . . . are you willing to let God lead you?


Lord, lead us into stories that will help shape us into your image. Amen.


Devotion topics: Life, Christian Life, Story