Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your life story was a book in the Bible?
I never have, really. Until I read something today in one of my devotional books.
So, the thought struck me – what if my story was in the Bible?
My initial reaction was, "Heaven forbid!" (Literally! LOL…)
You see, my story is a bit *checkered*.
My story includes events that I am terribly embarrassed and ashamed about. Circumstances in which I often did the unthinkable. I caved in to temptation, I sinned willingly, I walked a far way away from God.
There are lies and betrayals – big sins and little sins – and often, a woeful lack of faith. There are weak moments and ugly moments.
Yes, some moments of spiritual soaring.
Some really, really boring parts.
But, in the end, it is a story full of reality.
Just like the Bible.
And that is what struck me today.
My devotional was talking about the life of Jacob.
And here's what it said:
"As we look at the panorama of Jacob's life…we see again that his story is really about God, not him. Looming in the background…we see a God who has higher purposes, who works out his plan despite Jacob's insistence on doing it himself…we see God in the shadows before him and surrounding him…reminding Jacob of the promises God still intends to keep…we see God filling in the gaps...
God doesn't need perfect people to do the things he has planned…Each believer is chosen by God [and] nothing can change God's love for us."
(From "Meet the Bible" by Philip Yancey and Brenda Quinn, c. 2000, Zondervan Publishers)
Jacob's story wasn't always very pretty. He was deceitful and selfish. He often tried to take matters into his own hands. He wrestled with God.
And yet, in all of it, God was weaving HIS story.
What is He saying in my story?
Would the book of Sharon be an inspiring story?
Would it be convicting?
So, as I find myself in my 5th decade (chapter) and my 8th year (verse) of that decade (I'm 58 - 5:8 - get it?!) – what is my book saying about God?
Would people read about my childhood, when I loved the Lord as my best friend?
Would they see how I was a good girl, a church-going Christian – involved in so many serving things?
Would they see a marriage and children?
Would they then see the "detour" I took in life?
Would I be pitied, or chastised, or condemned?
Would they turn the page and see the prodigal return to the loving arms of the Father?
Would they see that my story is really HIS story?
Because it is, you know.
A grand story of His faithfulness, His guidance, His love.
Just another installment in the overarching Saga of Mankind. Another installment in God's epic and exciting story of redemptive Love.
So, I've wondered...
Would I be anything like Job or Abraham or David?
For I am just another of God's chosen *misfits* – loved by a perfect God.
It would be wonderful if, at the end of the day, my book included something like this:
"In the land of California, there lived a woman whose name was Sharon. This woman was blameless and upright; she feared God and shunned evil." (original reference, Job 1:1)
"Sharon believed God, and God counted her righteous because of her faith. She was even called the friend of God." (original reference, James 2:23)
"Sharon, a woman about whom God said, 'I have found Sharon, a woman after my own heart. She did everything I wanted her to do.'"
(original reference, Acts 13:22)
What if my story was in the Bible?
It would be like every other story in the Bible. It would be like your story. Because it's about a real person, trying to live real life – full of ups and downs, successes and failures, moments of glory and abject shame – a story in which God is looming in the shadows.
Behind me, beside me, before me.
And this is how I would like it to end:
"And in the end, God welcomed Sharon home. And as He embraced her, with a twinkle in His eye He said, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'"
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
If your life was a book in the Bible, what would it say? How would you like it to end?
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