Tuesday, August 17, 2010

One author, three stories

A friend sent me a sermon she heard online from her home church. It is fantastic and spoke to both Ryan and I. I thought of many of you while I was listening to it, and knew I had to share this message.

The speaker shares his personal journey of a health issue that nearly took his life (and one that he is continuing to recover from). His main point is that God has a story that he is writing in each of our lives.

If you recall my testimony, you'll remember that it was difficult for me to sign a blank piece of paper giving God control of my life and allowing Him to write my 'life story.'

I love the story analogy and I believe it to be so true. I believe God started writing my story a long time ago and Samuel and Lauren and my journey to motherhood were all part of the story God had planned for me.

Here is a quote that I love from this message: "Our tendency as Christ followers is to live comparing....he got off easier, he got an answer to prayer, he got a job right away. We do this comparing thing and it doesn't do anybody any good."

Ryan and I wondered for a long time why siblings and friends seemed to get pregnant so easily and why God wouldn't allow us to conceive and carry a baby to full term.

Here's the answer why: Because that wasn't our story.

When we were in Hawaii after our second miscarriage Ryan's cousin Jess from New Jersey called me to check in on how I was doing. One thing she said to me I will never forget. In sharing with her that it was especially difficult because some close friends of mine were expecting, she responded by telling me not to look around but to look up.

Isn't that great advice?

Now that's easier said than done, but what freedom we would have if we didn't worry about other's stories. If we only worried about ours. If we didn't look around at what others have, and instead looked up. If we didn't worry about why God answers the prayers of others, and not our prayers.

A job. A baby. A house. A newer car. A thin body. A spouse. Health. A strong marriage. Stable finances.

Why doesn't God answer our prayers sometimes? We don't know why except that it's not part of our story.

"God's writing your story uniquely. Will you cooperate? He's writing a unique and precious story in your life. Don't worry about somebody else's story."

You can listen to this message titled One author, three stories here.

I would love to know if you listen to it and if it spoke to your heart.

1 comment:

heartincharge said...

oo o thank you for sharing this. I can apply this to so many areas of my life, not just TTC. i will set aside some time to listen to the sermon.