I’m taking a quick break from my recent Wednesday discussion of the fruit of the Spirit to share a quote that I read this week.
At bedtime, I’m reading aloud The Railway Children by E. Nesbit to my six-year-old daughter. We have enjoyed this story, although due to it’s age (published in 1906) and setting (London, England), the wording is at times a bit difficult to understand. It is not necessarily a “Christian” book, yet this paragraph that I read the other night really spoke to my heart.
The mother in the story, who is a writer, is discussing with her son, Peter, how that the way things happen in books are not always the way they play out in real life. Peter mentions how nice it would be if his mother could write the story of their family and make the current difficulties they are facing go away. Here’s how the mother responds:
“Don’t you think it’s rather nice to think that we’re in a book that God’s writing? If I were writing the book, I might make mistakes. But God knows how to make the story end just right – in the way that’s best for us.”
I could sit and meditate on that for a very long time. For me, what it comes down to is a lesson in trust. As I submit my will and desires to Him, I can trust that, no matter what I encounter along the way, God will work out all things not only for His purpose and glory, but also for my best.
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