by Nichole Deakins

"In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps."  
Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

The year 2018 is here. Twelve months and a brand new journal lay before me. The pages are empty; the new year is unwritten. As time passes, a story will be written, and it will be mine and yours.

Some parts of the story we will purposely add in, and other parts will come unexpectedly.  There will be details we would rather not write into our life story if we had a choice. 

What would it be like to write our own story in advance and have it come true? Would we write the same story that God would?  Or would we be determined to write the story we THINK we need? A story with ease and comfort, assuming that would bring happiness.  Or a love story, absent of hurt and betrayal. But would we really understand love then? Or maybe a success story with that coveted job, house, and vacation time.  But then would that be enough? 

And how do we handle it when our story takes a turn we didn't expect and the plot thickens? Can we trust our Co-writer when He takes the pen out of our hand and puts it in His? 

We know He writes great stories. The question is: Do we want to be in one? 

His best selling book of all time is filled with the contents of what makes up great stories: the underdogs, the weak, the uneducated, the sick, the oppressed, and the dying. Being outnumbered and overcoming obstacles. Taking risks solely based on faith. An enemy always prowling. A fight against evil. Talk about adventure!  

Is that the type of story we want to write for ourselves in the year 2018?  If so, the empty pages in our life’s journal will be filled with journeys through obstacles and uncertain terrain, experiences that will stretch our faith and challenge our beliefs in ourselves and in the God we serve, and moments where we must have the resolve to carry on and the courage to not give up.

Can we trust God to write an incredible story that brings about real riches in our lives? Yes.

We are co-writers with God.  We set goals and plan our courses, but the Lord establishes our steps along the way. The course may take an unexpected turn or a fork in the road may appear, changing our planned storyline.  But we have a Loving Co-writer who is the Author and Perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), desiring to write an unforeseen story that will be passed down to future generations. 

How will we respond to the details and events of our storyline this year? Are we ready to co-write with God a great story in 2018?