Am I Really The Author Of My Life?

IMG_4349.JPGWe like to think we are the authors of our life don’t we? I know I do. Like I have some say in what happens. But remember when learning about writing in school we learned the 5 W’s of good writing. They were “who, what, when, where, why, and how.” Well “how” was considered the 6th W. Only an author of a story knows the answer to all of these questions. So let’s go by them one by one shall we and see if we can pass the “I’m the author of my life” test.
First one, “Who”. Do you or I know who will come into or leave our life at any given time? Sure we know who is in our story right now, but we can not say how long they will stay whether it be by choice or death. And we also can not say who else will enter our life at any given time. So we can’t pass this section of the test.
Second there is “what”. Do you or I know the events that are going to happen in our life? Do we know when our job may lay us off due to cut backs, or our spouse decide they need someone or something new in their life. Or even good happy events. Like when we will become a parent, marry, and more. We have no knowledge of these events until they are right on top of us. Sure we can plan and do things daily to help us get to where we want to go. But ultimately what’s going to be will be. And we won’t know until it is. So, we can’t pass this section of the test either.
Third there is “when”. Do you or I know when these things we can’t predict will happen? Do we know when we will meet that special someone, when we will get the job we’ve been do desperately trying to get, or when we will have the child we have been planning for? No. No amount of planning and scheming can make anything happen before it’s going to. Whether you believe in fait or Gods timing, nothing will happen until it’s time. So no, we don’t know the when’s of our life. So we can’t pass this section of the test either.
Fourth one is “where”. Do you or I know for sure where life is going to take us? I hear it all the time, “I’m standing on a road I didn’t plan.” Whether our where is a literal geographical location or just a place we never planned to be in life. None of us can answer this question before it happens. So we can’t pass this section of the test either.
Fifth is “why”. Oh this is a big one for me and I’m sure some of you too. The big question of “why” can take up a lot of our time and energy trying to figure out. Trying to figure it out, which means we don’t know. At least not until it’s shown to us through events unfolding. But when something first happens in our life, we have no idea why. We don’t know or can’t see how all of it will unfold. We will wear ourselves out trying to, but until it’s time, we won’t know. So we can’t pass this section of the test either.
And the honorary 6th w is “how”. Like I just stated above none of us know how all the other “w’s” will work together to make up our life. Oh how we want to. It would make the story of our life so much easier. But we can’t know, not until it all comes together. We can’t pass this section of the test either. Apparently we can’t pass any of these questions. So how can we call ourselves the author of our life? We aren’t.
As believers we should already know we are not the authors of our life. God is. Not that it keeps us from trying. Only God knows all the answers to these burning questions. Job 33:4 says, “The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Genesis 2:7 says, “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;and man became a living being.” God created us. We are His masterpiece. He knew/knows who we were created to be, what we were created to do, when we would be created, where we were created to go, why we were created, and how it will all work out. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord…”. God alone knows the answers. He alone knows how it will all work out. But as believers we can take heart. Even though we may not know what will be, we can be assured all things that come from God are good. Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” If God saw fit to create you, than you can be sure you have a purpose in Him. We just have to get to a place where we can and do trust Him with the pen. I’ll never try to tell you that’s easy because I know it’s not. But we have to start to at least pray, asking Him to help us try. Spending time in His word, in prayer, and with others who will point us to Him, are key to having any success in this. I hope after reading this you can at least see, and acknowledge, that you indeed are not the author of your life. But you can go to and trust the One Who is. ❤

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