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ONLY A CHAPTER
5/28/2020 6:17:00 PM by: Leona Choy

My life is like a book with chapters. So is yours. Mine is quite a long book. I've written many life-chapters already. In fact, when I think I've finished my autobiography, God lets me write a sequel—or two.

I feel as if I were a different person in each of the chapters of my life-book. In a sense I was; as I matured, I assumed different roles in the various chapters (seasons) of my life and the scenery and characters and plot kept changing. I'm still the same protagonist, the unchanging lead character throughout my non-fiction autobiography. But God is, without question, the Supreme Editor.

I”m a bookworm; I inhale books, so to speak. As a writer, I think in chapters. I love to read a variety of books, especially biographies and dramatic novels. I overindulge when I read a book—once started, I'm intemperate; I swallow the book whole, gobble it up almost at one sitting.

If the book is an exciting page-turner, I'm tempted to peek at the last chapter to see how it turned out. In the long run, I've found it's more fun to wait and be surprised. Perhaps it's best that all of us are spared the glimpse of future chapters in our life-story. Either we would be too eager to reach the happy ending or drag our feet if we knew in advance about some trials that were to come.

Our lives are formatted like a book manuscript. In the beginning, we have the front matter, the foretaste that launches our story: the Acknowledgments, Foreword, Introduction, perhaps a Preface. In life, God has determined the setting, the historical moment, chosen our DNA, and the circumstances where our life-drama will take place. God has generously given us free will, but He chose the plot, our destiny, and the characters who will interact with us throughout life.

Each chapter is separate and chronologically progressive. No single chapter is the whole book; the plot and subplots keep unfolding. I shouldn't get bent out of shape at how things seem to be turning out in a particular chapter, like the one I am living right now. God is at work developing the whole exciting adventure story of my life.

I shouldn't despair half way through. I must hang in there—everything will work out. The kids who are in diapers in one chapter will walk down the aisle in cap and gown and later in wedding apparel. The stuff I worry about which I don’t think I can possibly live through, I may not even recall when I'm living in the next chapter.

I can anticipate a generous basket full of serendipity times and events and adventures that will contribute to the fulfilling of God's purpose for my life. And a ton of ordinary days and seeming non-events. The trivials and humdrum routines are said to be the very building blocks to develop our characters.

Since my life is made up of so many commonplace daily doings, I shall enjoy each chapter as the pages turn and treasure the beloved characters who are living it with me. In my life-book some characters will come and others will go. I must keep offering to God all things joyful and painful and accept His well-plotted plan for my life story.

It seems strange, but we are all living a similar chapter in each of our unique life-books. Somehow this unprecedented chapter fits into the destiny of each of us. Whether we are old or young, we have to get through this surprise chapter titled, Sheltered-in-Place.

How this curious chapter will change the outcome of my chapters to come, how it will have influenced the protagonist, me, when I emerge from this emergency, this interruption to the flow of my life as it used to be, is still in question. The world as I knew it may be unrecognizable in some aspects when all is said and done. But that's a good thing in the hands of God. I will quiet my heart and not be afraid. For sure, God is in it, in control and planning only the best as He allows “a new thing” to come to pass.

Let's live eagerly and fully in this present chapter while God is at work writing the first line of the next chapter. Instead of this chapter being the end of our life-book for some of us “age vulnerables,” we may have the opportunity to live during one of the greatest paradigm changes of our lives. And the young may be on the verge of heretofore unimagined new creative opportunities to develops skills that are now just being dreamed of.

Let's be eager for God’s breathtaking, fantastic surprises in the next chapters as they unfold for us personally and collectively. As Christians, it's okay for us to take a peek at the last chapter of our life story. Ultimately, we can look forward to a grand Epilogue, a fitting climax—Eternity in the Presence of God.

So let's celebrate each chapter, especially this unique, sequestered one, as a loving gift from God!

 


Comments

Lee H From Virginia At 5/29/2020 12:48:58 PM

Thank you Leona! Such a beautiful perspective on our lives, and God as the author. We know that Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith, and your writing helps me see each chapter of my life playing a key role in my faith plot :) Love ya! Lee

Reply by: Leona Choy

Dear friend, Ive watched with excitement and thanksgiving some of the latter chapters of your life story--praise God.And the present chapter hasn't fully unfolded to you yet.There is something extra special developing on the other side of the opening door.

Dottie From Danbury At 5/29/2020 4:44:45 AM

Ah, Leona. So wise, prescient, in-tune, so early in the morning. Plod on, God is and all is well. Love, Dottie.

Reply by: Leona Choy

Good buddy, I write the posts many days in advance and then they are shuttled into view in sequence of dates. Currently a new one pops into view in the early evening every other day. I try to work a week ahead. Am waiting for the results of you fall Sunday. How's your tushy??

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