And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ~Romans 8:28
The world’s a rough place.
Death, poverty, illness, war, cruelty…our world is filled with horrible things that we see on the news and deal with in our personal lives. And yet the Bible tells us God has a perfect plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11). Like in the verse above, God’s Word frequently reminds us of His goodness and His sovereignty.
Sometimes it’s hard to see amidst the chaos and hardship of life.
And yet, oddly, I’ve learned something about this verse….through writing fiction.
Here’s how I like to explain it:
The author is, in a sense, the “God” of their story. Every event that takes place has a purpose and is part of the author’s plan for the story to reach the happy ending. The battle that was lost, the character who died, the emotional struggles of the protagonist–they aren’t pointless, random happenings. The author is using those events, while they aren’t pleasant, for a greater outcome. The reader doesn’t understand why their favorite character died or why it seems like nothing can go right for the protagonist.
But as the story continues, the reader looks back and sees the why behind certain events. Some of them were necessary for the protagonist’s spiritual growth. Some of them were to bring the protagonist closer to his/her goal, even though in the moment that lost battle seemed to do the opposite.
And then there are certain things that only the author fully understands the reason behind.
God is our Author, and He is writing our story.
Often times we look back on a particularly dark moment in our life, and suddenly realize why God allowed us to go through that trial. We see how He used that event to grow us. We see why He didn’t give us what we wanted, because He had something better in mind.
I’m not going to pretend I know why bad things happen at all (I think this is something we’ll never fully be able to understand), but I’ve found it does remind me that God is in control, even in the hard times.
He is writing my story and bringing me closer to my happy ending.