October 1, 2018


A few weeks ago, I was listening to Jeff and Alyssa Bethke's podcast and was moved by the way Alyssa and author Robin Jones Gunn spoke about the book writing process that the two of them embarked on together.

And the words that hit home for this little writer over here had to do with editing.

Truth be told--although, I'm sure you all notice--I rarely edit my own blog posts. There's something about publishing a raw, unedited post straight from my heart to my laptop that makes me feel like we're on a coffee date between friends instead of being separated by miles and screens.

So while I choose not to edit my own posts (which is only slightly hypocritical for a grammar freak like me), that doesn't mean that I don't need editing in my own life and heart on a daily basis.

Not too long ago, I made an analogy to God being the writer and me being the reader in this book called life. That is, I have to be okay with letting go of the desire to know and control and trust that what He's written for me to discover is not just good, but perfect.

So if we continue with this analogy, then I also have to be okay with the editing process God does as well. I have to be okay with the if not's, the no's, and the not yet's that I get in life. I need to accept the fact that life won't always go as I planned or hoped and that the editing is often done for my benefit, even if it doesn't seem like it in the moment.

No where in the Bible does it say that life is going to be happy-go-lucky every day. And no where does it say that I'm going to get whatever I want. In fact, God tells us that life will bring us troubles and pain (John 16:33).

But in the midst of the pain, challenges, and sin on earth, we have hope in heaven. Our suffering and trials are not the end of the story, though. The final chapter is in Heaven.

God knows my needs, He hears my prayers, and He knows that my plans are nothing in comparison to His.

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