If you’re like me and love to read, then you probably know what it is like to read an amazing book and then watch the movie later. I know a lot of people who don’t like to do this because there is no element of surprise and things often get changed around for the movie. I personally love watching movies made from books for those very reasons. I love knowing what is going to happen next. I love knowing that everything is going to be okay during what looks like a completely hopeless situation. I like the little changes they make here and there to make the movie more exciting (as long as it doesn’t completely change the story and ending).
I love that, in the end, I already knew the end.
As I read Psalm 139 last night–one of my absolute favorite chapters in the Bible because it talks about the mind-blowing omniscience and omnipresence of God–verse 16 stood out to me so much: “Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them (AMP).”
Before we were ever born or even considered by our parents, before the very foundation of the world, God already had us written into His books.
The way that I watch a movie after reading the book, God watches our lives when He already knows how it will unfold. He already knows when the hard times are coming, when the funny scenes will happen, when the climax will occur. God knows where the death scenes are. When things get scary and/or confusing, He already knows that everything is going to work out and be okay. God knows that everything that happens is going to make the ‘main character’ stronger. He watches as things happen slightly different than He originally wrote. Different decisions are made, different people are introduced, but He knows that it is all still going to work together, He knows the end will still be the same because that’s the way He authorized it; Changes can be made throughout the entire story, but the end is locked in place.
God watches as we follow along with His plan, He watches as we sometimes veer away from the original script that He has written for us, and He is okay with it. If the story seems to be getting completely off track from the original intent then He yells,”CUT,” and says, “No, that can’t happen. I don’t mind changes here and there, but the overall message has to stay the same. It all has to work together in the end.”
These are those moments of free will in our lives. When God allows us to make decisions of our own. He knows what the best decisions are, but He will not force His will on us. As long as we’re loving and glorifying God, as long as His eternal love and presence remains our expected end (Jer. 29:11), God lets us go on living our lives. It is when we make decisions that completely change the story, decisions that change the intent and message, that will change the ending, that God brings things to a screeching halt in order to get them back on track.
From the very beginning, God wrote the perfect story for our lives. He knew the day you would be born and He knows the day I will die. God knows every love interest that will be introduced, every best friend that will come and go. He knows that job that you will accept, and the job you shouldn’t have passed up. God knows every mistake and victory that we will experience. When things get tough, God knows that everything will be okay. When we face the loss of loved ones, He knows that we will make it by His grace. And when we don’t follow His plan exactly, God doesn’t freak out. He’s actually perfectly fine with it. As long as we continue to love and glorify God, as long as we continue to share His amazing Love with others, and He sees that our story still ends in His presence, God is going to let the film keep rolling.
Today, if you’re like me and you tend to let the unknown overwhelm you, let’s try together to just take a deep breath and remember:
While we are reading the book in anticipation, not knowing what the next page or chapter will bring, God is watching the movie. He has already read the book, He already knows what is going to happen, and He has already seen the happy ending. ♡
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