By Rob Furlong
Whenever I hear Francesca Battistelli sing "Write Your Story" I'm captivated by the idea that God is the Author of my life and He has a beautiful story that He longs to write on every page of the book of my life.
And sometimes His story for my life has twists and turns that I would not have included if I was in charge of the writing!
This was certainly true for a young couple who found themselves in the middle of a story that neither of them could have ever imagined.
The bride found herself pregnant outside of wedlock.
The groom was not the father but being an honourable man he still went ahead with the marriage.
Together they had to endure the sting of the whispered innuendos and pious smirks of people that are so often prevalent in small towns.
And in the midst of it all, right at the moment when the baby was due, they had to make a long and difficult journey to fulfil a Government demand for taxation purposes.
I am quite certain that an unexpected pregnancy, public humiliation and giving birth to a child in a filthy stable would not have formed the major plotline had Joseph and Mary been writing the story of their lives.
But it was a part of God's story.
In fact, it was a part of God's story for the whole world!
This story of God's – the coming of Jesus as Saviour and Lord of the world – had been written eons ago, deep in His heart.
It is His response to a creation that had decided they would be responsible for the story of their lives, not the Author of Life.
In fact, His story about Jesus was written long before they decided to go their own way.
It is a story as the song above suggests, about a Man who came to give the blind their sight back, life and restoration in place of death and hope to the desperate soul.
It is a story that says no matter what the plotline of your life looks like up to this point – pages of wasted, desperate and lonely years – that plotline can be changed when you invite Jesus to become the Author.
No matter how bad your plotline has been, He can make your story new!
And don't think that when you invite Jesus to be the Author of your life that your new story will be pain and trouble free – just ask Mary and Joseph!
There will be twists and turns in the plot that you will never have anticipated but because you can trust the Author, you can also trust Him with where the story is headed.
Mary and Joseph discovered this.
On the night Jesus was born the sky was filled with the voices of a myriad angels, singing the praises of the Majestic Author and Creator of the greatest, true story ever told and announcing that the Saviour of all people, everywhere, had come into the world.
They had joy because they submitted in trust to the Author!
So, whose story is being written on your heart..? •