I’ve been dabbling in fiction writing. I have a short novel I’m slowly working my way through. And something hit me about the storytelling process: In a book, the characters think they’re living one story, but the author knows they’re living a different story.
Think about a book like Harry Potter. Harry and his friends think they’re just trying to survive school. They’re surviving bullies and the occasional teacher who wants to do them ill. But JK Rowling knew the bigger story they would live.
At some point, the two stories converge and the characters finally get a taste of the real story they’re living. But for the majority of the story, they have no idea.
I believe this is the sort of thing that happens in our lives. We think we’re living one story: trying to grow a godly family or develop a career while honoring God. But the Author, our Creator, has a grander story for each of us.
He has a bigger story He’s telling. And if we make it through our simple stories, we get to be part of the better story.
The real story is huge. It’s filled with major conflict, but it’s also filled with grand adventure. It’s filled with high stakes and bigger rewards.
The only way we don’t get to take part is if we fail at the little story. If we decide to give up when things get tough. If we don’t show up when the moment matters. If we don’t respond well to defining moments… We won’t get to be part of the better story God is trying to tell.
But if we’re faithful… If we obey God in the small things… If we choose to persevere… we get to see the bigger story and do our part.
Are you willing to be part of the grand story God is trying to tell through your life?