A lady I know shared that when a mutual friend went to their office to apply for a position a couple of years ago, she took one look at him and thought, “Oh my, he’s an old hippie! What have I gotten myself into?” But over the years, he’s proven to be one of the best employees ever. As we were discussing the story I thought to myself you can’t judge a book by its cover.
You can’t. But you can judge that book by what’s inside. At least you find out the truth about it once you’ve opened it up and looked inside. Read a few pages, get to know the character and the plot and you will know what’s really going on.
Books come in all shapes, sizes, colors and some are hard bound, others are paperback. The oldest books may seem a little tattered and torn but inside is an awesome story worth picking that book up. Other books look very sophisticated and fresh, yet when you look inside its pages there’s nothing there but pulp fiction.
We’re a lot like books. Some of us have been through a lot – left out in the rain, dropped in the dirt, leaves dog eared and pages soiled. Some of us were passed around, thrown in the trash and left untended and uncared for. It shows. Others are simply different – no special gold foil, no elegant cover, no exciting draw for the crowd to pick up.
Get to know either type and once they share their story, it’s pretty much the same: Started out great, cared for greatly. Then someone got tired of them and put them away. Story after story abounds with joy, tragedy, being discarded or misread.
No matter what the real story, no matter the background, there is One Who wants to rewrite your story. He wants to give you incredible edits and magnificent rewrites so that you will shine with the glory of His love on each page. It doesn’t matter what you look like, where you’re from, who you know or don’t know – He’s ready and willing to give you another shot at life. Although your story may have started with a tragedy, it will certainly end in triumph when the Lord is the writer. Every single chapter will be given His once over so that there’s courage and victory no matter what. The plot will be changed as well, so it’s not about you but about the Lord and His incredible love and care for you.
If you’ve never given your life to the Lord, it’s so easy – just give Him the entire novel, cover to cover and let Him do what only He can do. He will change everything and that’s all good because His ways are best. He is the greatest Writer of people’s lives ever.
If you’ve grown tired of going your own way, even if you gave Him your heart, then let Him start doing the editing right away. It’s not too late to let Him change the design, edit the pages and redo the ending. His plans for you are a best seller yet you have to pay nothing for His amazing touch. He doesn’t look at what you’ve been through; He only looks at your life through the eyes of His love, the touch of His grace and the knowledge of His glory.
Oh beloved, your Editor, the Lord Himself, bids you to step into His sanctuary and give it all to Him. Each page of your life is working into the finest novel ever known. You are His beloved and His magnificence will be revealed on the last page and it will be truly glorious! He loves you and He’s for you and that’s worth letting Him write your story all the way to heaven.
Psalm 40:3 He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what He has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.
Psalm 139:16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Hebrews 10:35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!
Psalm 25:1 O Lord, I give my life to you.
Psalm 138:8 The Lord will work out His plans for my life— for Your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for You made me.