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When You Feel Like Your Story’s Over…

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I remember watching the series finale of my favorite show recently and being completely wrecked as the events played out in a completely unexpected, unfavorable way. I was shocked, grieving the loss of characters, frustrated that the show had to end this way, and angry at the writers for what I was experiencing. In the course of an hour, things unraveled to nothing and came entirely back together in an insane series of plot twists. Spoiler: everyone was fine, and the writers actually just took me, the viewer with limited perspective, on the adventure of a Netflix lifetime.

Life feels like that sometimes, right? Except it hardly ever resolves in the course of an hour. If you’re experiencing a moment that feels like your story is over, closing a specific chapter and can’t see where to go from here, or you feel like you’ve lived a whole lifetime and have nothing left to offer, I’m here to tell you just hold on. We find in God’s Word assurance that there’s more to your story. He has a significant purpose for you to live out, and if you’re reading this today, that purpose is not yet complete. He’s not done with you yet.

I can’t say it any better than God does, so let’s unpack some verses together that you can build the adventure of a lifetime on.

Isaiah 42:5-6a ESV, Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: “I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you…”

This verse is a grand reminder of who this God is who defines our days and gives us purpose. In creation, when all of existence spoke nothing, He exhibited His power and authority to give everything both reason and means for being, I love how this picture is directly coupled with how He gives His people breath, spirit, and opportunity to walk out our God-given purpose. He called us out. He called you out. Keep walking and trust Him.

Psalm 139:16 ESV proclaims, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”

I love how this verse puts the God of creation into a very personal context. He has set our days before we were even a thought. We can’t possibly fathom that, but there’s no evidence to us required for Him to have all He needed to ascribe significance to each moment of our days here on earth. Know what that means? So long as there is a heartbeat in your chest and air in your lungs, there is a promise of purpose for you and for your story.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

I struggle with this regularly. I’m an analyzer, big time. But this verse calls us away from having things figured out and towards having faith in God. It means we practice not leaning on, or putting weight in, our own perceptions, conclusions, or vantage points. Trusting in God means trusting that He is good, good to us, and totally sovereign. When it comes to your story, trust Him that if you woke up today, He has a purpose and a plan for your life. Get to know Him, especially through his Word, and your path will become obvious.

Psalm 143:8 ESV, Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

Our minds tend to wander when we feel our story has been unraveled, shattered, or dead-ended. Instead of letting the unknown paralyze us, we can learn to shift our attention at the start of each day, before all the what-ifs and maybes grip us, to lock on this steadfast love we have access to through Christ. It’s committed, enduring, unfailing, anchoring love. Love always hopes, always endures, and doesn’t give up (see 1 Corinthians 13 for a reminder of all the things that characterize steadfast love). We can operate in that kind of love. We can learn to hope in all things and endure all things. God can bring purpose to the pages of our story when we ask Him for direction. When our soul is discouraged, discounted, and desolate, we can offer it to Him in surrender. Then, trust and trust again. Make Psalm 143:8 your prayer every day until you experience breakthrough. Tape it on your mirror, make it your phone background, write it on your wrist… whatever it takes to keep what you’re experiencing in perspective and continually realign with God’s Will for your life.

In closing, this verse has been a major source of comfort for me in times of chaos and confusion, doubt and discouragement. In Isaiah 55:8-11 ESV, God assures us of this: “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways’, declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts… so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.'”

We are human. We don’t have it all figured out, and that’s okay. Because God is God, and He has already established His purpose and plan, extending far beyond what we can fully comprehend. He invites us to trust Him for each revealed piece and unveils the next one as we walk with Him. Rest assured your story isn’t over. He has begun a good work, and He is sure to complete it (Philippians 1:6). Keep His Word before you constantly and bank on it. He is faithful to do exactly as He said He would! And His plan for you is indisputably good. If you’re experiencing pain, He can redeem it as a part of your story that brings Him glory and helps others move past their own pain.

Romans 8:28 promises us that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Good news, that promise includes you! You have been called for an amazing purpose, and I pray you have the audacity and courage to keep pushing to fulfill it. There is more to your story, and I can’t wait to hear where it leads to from here.

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