It Came To Pass

“And it came to pass…” (Luke 2:1).

When you’re young, you tend to view everything you’re going through as Reality. Total. The WHOLE Story, in its entirety.

The longer you walk the road, the more experience and perspective you gain, you realize that for every season of your life, you’re only in a chapter.

And it will come to pass.

 

What a great, often over-looked promise of Scripture.

Whatever you are going through, it will come to pass. And about the time you get this chapter figured out you’ll be on into another chapter, and then another, and then another.

The best you can do is sit back and enjoy this one. Watch and study and pray and absorb. It’ll be over before you know it.

That’s how your story gets told.

Why get so worked up over the chapter you’re in? It’s only a chapter. A season. It’s temporary. Getting anxious only exhausts you, zapping you of your strength for the next one.

It will pass.

It always does.

 

Some of you reading this are in a challenging chapter. It’s trying every fiber of your being. And you’re wondering if you’re going to survive the highs and lows that come with this part of your story.

Relax. You will. The more you stress out and become riddled with crippling anxiety, it affects only you. It doesn’t change your story. Put one foot in front of the other and walk the best you can. At the end of the day take comfort in the fact that it’s just a chapter. You can hang your hat on the One who’s writing your story.

 

Some of you are in a good season…

Enjoy, absorb. Because you, too, have another one coming.

 

In either case,

Keep your eyes glued to the Teller of your story.

 

No matter what season of life you’re in, here’s what is 100% true:

Your current season might be one that’s full of heartache, trouble, pain, and you may struggle to know how to respond to the things that are going on in your life, that seem total, surrounding, critical, and holistic, but remember: eventually you will move past this, you will move out of this chapter and into another one, and you’re going to look back at this one, and at some point down the road, this chapter will merely be a part of your story, and as big as what you’re going through right now is, you are going to condense this large chunk of your life that seems so big and complicated and messy into a sentence or two, because that’s what we all do.

Four years of university become “I went to college.”

Seven years of parenting a teen become “I’m his mom.”

Ten years in a difficult real estate market become “I used to sell houses.”

Large chunks of life become a sentence or two in your story.

And your reality, as big and as intimidating and as complicated as it seems right now, will simply be a sentence in a chapter of your story.

Why?

Because it came to pass, not to stay. And it’s all moving somewhere. And you have a big God who’s writing it all, overseeing it all, orchestrating it all, with close and careful concern.

He is not distant. He numbers the hairs on your head and looks out even for sparrows. No detail of your story is lost on Him.

As Oswald Chambers writes: One day, “it will all become clear, so that looking back we can say with a chuckle of confidence, ‘He doeth all things well.’”

This chapter in your life is moving you to your next one. The dots will connect for you, but only as you look back over your story. You can never see how the dots will connect going forward, it’s only in reverse. BUT THEY WILL CONNECT.

God’s involvement in our lives is often obvious when we look back. The trick is believing He is involved right now.

So, live in the present with the perspective you will one day have as you look back over this chapter.

God will fight for you; you need only be still. (Exodus 14:14; Deuteronomy 3:22; 20:4; et. al.)

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