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I love reading and I love a good story. Epic fantasies are my favourite. I love the richness of the world-building, the complex magic systems and the strengths and flaws of the wide variety of characters.
I often like to think of my life and the life of the world as an epic story.
Every story has a beginning, a middle and an ending. As we read/hear a well-told story we can only be sure of what has gone before. We do not know what twists and turns are in store for us at the conclusion, or even during the next couple of pages.
There are character developments, conflicts, climaxes and anticlimaxes.
The danger with thinking of our lives as a story though, is that we tend to take credit for the authorship of our story and the story of the world that we live in.
While we have an important part to play in our story, we shouldn't forget who is the author.
God created this world and continues to write our story.
We have an opportunity to be a part of God's story, but no matter how much planning we do, we can never be sure of how our story in this world is going to develop or end.
Our story is God's story. There is a freeing nature that comes with this realization. Especially when we keep in mind the love that The Creator has for His creation.
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
Romans 8:28 (ESV)
When this realization hits us, we begin to worry less about what is going to happen next in our story.
Even though we might not know what areas of conflict are coming our way or what deep pits of despair we might soon be facing, the God who is writing our story is already there and will ensure that His good and perfect plan for us will come into being.
I for one cannot wait to see God's climactic conclusion come into its epic fulfillment.
"All stories have a beginning, a middle and an ending. And if they are any good, the ending is a new beginning."