Tuesday, February 19, 2013

On Changes and Story

If you ask me what my favorite parts of stories are, I always want to answer character development. It's the one that makes the most sense. It's what someone like me would like best after all - the changes in a character, what happens to them throughout their journey, perhaps the backstory of why they do what they do.

A secret is that the plot, the actual experiences in the story are most interesting to me, because then I can look back and understand through the conflicts and struggles, the exhilterating parts and the terrifying ones, how that helped shape that character they became. Without the rest of the story, character development in a story is incomplete.

Our experiences don't speak the truth about who we are, but they can say a lot for what God is doing in our lives. They matter because he is in control and he is shaping us through them - for his purposes. I like to see what happens to the people in the stories as they encounter what they didn't know they would face. Then, they change. You can't live your life letting your experiences and happenings dicate, but you can have faith that God can see something in them you can't always see at the moment. There is always something bigger happening.

I don't know where you are today, but thoughts about Romans 8:28 are on my mind to share this morning. For many years this verse and the ones surrounding it spoke life into my heart (and still do).

When life looks bleak or you just can't comprehend how your story is going to turn out, know that God fashions and works out all the parts of your life and he knows what he is doing. I pray Christ would increase your faith as you trust him for what he is doing in your life.

-a good read on this topic: 'What Does Being Called by God Mean'

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