Life is a Story: Embrace the Lines

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Monday Metaphor: Life is a Story

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.– Psalm 16:6

Story lines are important to follow, to pay attention to, to respond to in faith and trust. Psalm 16 was written by David, and he is calling his story line good and pleasant, because he is after God’s own heart, because he is responding in faith and obedience, because he wants God’s Story more than his own peace and comfort.

Did David have an easy life? Did things always go David’s way? Was David’s life always comfortable and luxurious?

No. So “pleasant” does not mean “nice and cozy” or “safe and easy.” It means the story line has put you on God’s side and made you a part of God’s work. Keep on His side, do His work, and that is a beautiful inheritance: glory.

David’s life was blessed, but it was not easy. Your life is blessed, but that doesn’t mean it will always be easy.

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Life is a story of God’s blessing for His people.

This means that God gives you every bit of your story for your good and for His glory. Trust and believe. Respond in faith, patiently wait for the good God will work, and know that good comes when you repent of disobedience and walk in obedience.

My son, if you feel your story is going badly, look to how you can obey God in the bad situation. Watch good rise up from that.

Myself: crying children, messy counters, projects neglected are not marks of failure. Pray Psalm 16:6. The lines have fallen in pleasant places. They have. Obey God where you are and not where you think you should be.