I was holding my Bible in its cover in my lap this morning. Running my finger over the smooth places in the cover’s design, I realized that I love how that smooth part feels—yet it is the rough places to the touch that bring the beauty, the design.

All the days ordained for us were written before they dawned. Our stories were laid out before the Author before we ever realized He was holding the pen. Have you analyzed the chapters lately? Have you taken the pieces of the beginning and dared to dream of the rest?

We learn the basics in school: there is the beginning, the middle and the end. There is a climax and a resolution. And somewhere in there, you will find conflict. Writers must present the character with a challenge to respond to and hopefully overcome. It is what defines the character’s, well, character.

We would love to go floating along through life with no issues to deal with, no conflict to resolve. We would dare to keep ourselves in a comfortable state, striving with all of our effort to keep our heads above water and enjoy the ride. We may think about how to achieve the climax, the peak, of our existence in this body. We may spend hours, days—or years—searching for the theme of our stories. But whatever the theme and setting—regardless of the climax and ending we may envision—they will not take place without conflict.

I challenge you to trust the Author. He knows the pieces of the puzzle that will bring about the design He has planned. He knows what motivates us; He knows what situations will show us our true colors. He knows what will put us to the test. How will you respond in conflict? Remember that the chapters following are what the world is reading.

While the smooth places may feel better to the touch, remember that it is the rough places that bring about the beauty and design.

Lord, thank You for being the Author who knows best. Thank You that You know me better than I know myself. I trust the pen to Your hand, and I trust my chapters to Your keeping. I want to be a story that You enjoy to write…and to read. Help me to respond to conflict in the way that pleases You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Psalm 139

Hebrews 12:2

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