This is kind of my sequel to the Peripheral Faith post from a few weeks ago.
People keep asking me if I’ve read the Hunger Games books. I say, “No, silly. They made movies. Have you not heard? Stop reading so much and pay attention to current events!”
I know. The books are WAY better than the movies, right? “But you’re missing out on the Katniss love drama!” I don’t need more teenage love-life drama. I have enough adult friends acting like teenagers. (AH SNAP!)
But I get it. There’s nothing like reading a good story. One that you can’t put down. One that makes you have to read just one more chapter before you go to bed and then you realize it’s 3 am.
If you’ve ever read a great story, you probably didn’t read about what happens in the end in the very first chapter. That’s not a story; that’s called a news article.
I think God is quite an excellent writer. He’s not a reporter. He’s a storyteller.
He’s secretive and mysterious, but definitely knows about the tension and suspense elements that keep us glued to the plot. He likes symbolism, too.
Maybe you’re like me, and you were following the story of your life. You thought it was going one way, only to watch it turn around and go in a completely different direction. Maybe you liked the action in one chapter and thought that those same elements would continue with your story, but then the next chapter disappointed you.
Pretty much every day of my life I want God to let me read the conclusion, but he never does. I only get to read along and sound out the hard words in front of the entire class.
I’m not the first to feel like this. King David did, too. He talks about it all the time in the Psalms. You have to totally feel for the guy, too.
He is this forgotten son out watching sheep away from his family.
Then, he’s plucked from obscurity and told he would be king.
Then, he goes back to watching sheep.
Then, he gets his 15 minutes of fame and takes out Goliath.
Then, he’s running for his life for years and years.
Then, finally he gets to be king.
It was constantly hard for him to see where his story was going. But as we look back on David’s journey, we can see the little clues and breadcrumbs leading him to eventually take over as king. Little scraps of destiny along the way.
I honestly don’t like when people talk about “getting to your destiny.” I mean, I think I get it. I get that they are talking about “When you get out of this part that you don’t like and into something better,” but I don’t like thinking that I’m not in my destiny just because I don’t like where I am. To me, that goes against the countless stories of the Bible where people had no clue what they were doing.
In fact, most of the success stories in the Bible started out with people saying to God, “Uh… what?”
If God is big enough to write out our story, and we are faithful enough to follow him, then we must be in our destiny.