There's a whole bunch of us who are sorta stuck in the middle of the story and we don't know what the next chapter holds.
We've no idea how our hearts are about to get broken or when, what the doctor could end up saying tomorrow, how the kids will turn out, or what's on the next page or the one after that.
And when you're stuck in the middle of the story? Well honestly, it's easy to feel you're at the end of your rope.
And you pull us close - really close; "I'd never forget you - never. Look I've written your names on the backs of my hands" Isaiah 49v16 (MSG)
You've etched the very letters of our name, of who we are, right into you.
You haven't forgotten us or this chapter or this story, and if you haven't forgotten us, we're not about to go forgetting that.
Your stories always work out in the end - and if things aren't working out quite yet, it just means we've not quite got to the end.
We'll literally practice our faith - we'll practice saying thanks in the middle.
Faith thanks God in the middle of the mess.
Faith thanks God in the middle of the night.
Faith thanks God in the middle of the story.
Because it believes in the relentless goodness of him who won't stop writing
til there's good at the end of this story.
Ann Voscamp has written a really helpful prayer, which fits in so well with all we are learning about God's greatest story ever told. Our lower stories are part of the great upper story - and it is an exercise of faith to see it that way sometimes.
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