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Beautiful… In Its Time

What kind of books do you like to read? Fiction or non-fiction? Romance, mystery, action and adventure, biography, self-help, educational, and sci-fi are just a few of the many genres of books. If you read non-fiction you hope that it is based upon factual information. If it is fiction that you enjoy, you probably have your favorite authors, those storytellers who keep you turning the pages. Most fiction authors agree that a good story needs to have five components to make it a compelling and entertaining read – characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution. Sometimes the story has a happy ending, other times it ends with us having tears in our eyes, and sometimes we are left hanging, forced to use our imaginations.

God is writing a story. Every human being is in His story. His story is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, joys and tears, seemingly impossible situations, scenery changes, and mystery. We are in the middle of God’s story, and isn’t it true, just as we sometimes judge a book or its author after only reading hallway through, we tend to question God as to why He has chosen to write the story in the fashion that He has.

God’s story has a happy, beautiful, and inspiring ending. We will not be left wondering about how the main character will survive or lamenting over the fact that the villain seems to get away with everything. In the end, it will be clear that God’s story is the best story ever written.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 begins with these words – “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” So today, trust God in the middle of the story. Whatever it is that you are facing today, if you trust in the goodness and kindness of God, you can have confidence that God is not done with your story and that your story will be a beautiful story… in its time.

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina


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