Hello, mom. This Scripture was on my heart to share with you today.
In Psalm 139:13-16, David the psalmist sang eloquently about the loving writer of our script:
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Did you catch those last two lines? All the days ordained for you were written in His book (I like to call it His “script” for our lives) before one of them came to be. God has seen all our days in front of Him before we’ve lived out any of them. That means nothing takes Him by surprise. Nothing is unexpected to Him, and nothing affects you and me that is outside of His loving plan for us. The writer, designer, and director of our life’s script knows exactly what He’s doing—even when we think something is spiraling out of control.
In Ephesians 2:10, we read: “We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” There it is again. God prepared good works in advance—before we were ever born and placed into our life’s script.
In a more modern translation, that verse, in the context of the three verses preceding it, reads like this:
Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing (Ephesians 2:7-10 msg).
When I read words like that, I am in awe that God has a master plan for us. He has given us the privilege of living in close communion with Him to discover the many amazing facets of His character, and He has made us the conduit through which He can accomplish His purposes here on earth.
In Romans 8:28-29 (nlt), we are told what God is doing in the midst of what we consider unexpected drama in our lives:
We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son.
That promise from God assures us that He not only continues working in the script of our lives to make sure we reach His desired outcome, but He has an overall goal for our story: that we are conformed to the image of His Son. That, my friend, is why we sometimes find ourselves in the swirl of unexpected, unfortunate, and unwanted circumstances. Through the drama, God is making us more like Jesus.
Your life is not the small, insignificant story you often believe it to be. Nor is it the huge deal that is all about you that you sometimes make it into. Your life is a story designed by and for your Maker, who wants to glory in His accomplishments in and through you to make you more like His Son. So, the drama that comes your way is designed to change you and transform you into the person He has made you to be. It also means your script is in His hands. And you don’t need to panic or fret or pull your hair out when you can’t control what’s happening.
With love, from Cindi
Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning writer and national speaker. As a Bible teacher, her passion is to help women strengthen their walk with God and their relationships.