Anyone who’s been through a counseling or therapy program will tell you there are a plethora of approaches and theories for dealing with problems. If you google counseling theories, you’ll probably be overwhelmed with what you find. Some are better researched than others. Some include buzz words that insurance companies look for when deciding if they’re going to cover treatment. Most therapists choose the theory that best aligns with how they view problems and how they can be solved. The narrative approach always spoke to me, maybe because I’m a writer, and it makes sense to see life as one big story.
I see us all as authors of our own story with God being the editor. We make choices but God has the final say so on what and who is a part of our story. I think we focus a lot on the latter. Yes, the ultimate decision is God’s, but we make choices. We’ve made poor choices, but we’ve made some good ones and are capable of making better. Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and choosing to live like it every day, is a good choice. Deciding to go out when you have $13.79 in your account and pay day is 13 days away, is a poor choice. Going back to college for the third time and actually finishing this time, is a better choice. It may not have appeared to be a big deal in the moment, but all of it adds to our story.
As you go through each chapter in your life, you may find that the Editor added something unexpected or took away something you thought was so vital to the story (plot twist!), and now you’re faced with yet another choice of how to respond. You’re going to make mistakes but God said, I am with you always. He’s constantly editing our stories. When we spend more money than we have, He provides an opportunity to supply our needs. When we’ve overextended ourselves, He introduces a new character to lighten the load. Sometimes the Editor has to take over complete sections of a story. It ends up looking nothing like the writer intended it to but it’s all the more beautiful.
No matter where you are in your story, you play a part in getting to decide what happens next. I’m guilty of sitting with my eyes fixed on Jesus waiting for Him to do something, only to realize, He was waiting for me. God knows the story. He knows what we’re going to decide to do. Don’t get stuck with writer’s block, afraid of all the bad choices you might make. We have an Editor who is approachable and accessible. He doesn’t mind your questions and isn’t thrown off by your inexperience. Seek out His guidance and rest in knowing that He’s the best Editor to ever live and is willing to help you write your story.
Joshua 1:8-9 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.