My Favorite Hobby
One of my favorite hobbies (next to finding inspiration on Pinterest) is reading fiction novels.
I was hooked on the Nancy Drew book series as a teenager and fell in love with Francine Rivers' historic Christian fiction books as I got older. Last year, I started reading a few mystery/thriller books and I would get lost in the protagonist's world of suspense for days. Venturing outside of my reading comfort zone, I recently read a science fiction novel that took me through a rollercoaster of emotions and sober reflection. Even when I was terribly tired, I still managed to convince myself: "...just one more chapter."
If you enjoy reading novels too, I'm sure you are familiar with this kind of reading journey.
One of the things that fascinates me the most about books is the growth of the characters. The author would have meticulously crafted the experiences, personalities, battles and interactions with the social and physical environment, to create a memorable story of victory or metamorphosis.
My Life as a Story
I like to think that my life is like a story too. Margaret Atwood once said, "In the end, we will all become stories." I can definitely see what she's saying because funeral eulogies are simplified stories of the lives we lived. But for me, instead of the end, my life was a story long before. Psalm 139:16 (NLT) says "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."
As the master author, God beautifully crafted my personality and unique experiences, determined who the other characters in my story would be, painted the settings and wrote the plot with all the twists, turns and surprises. With each day, I want to know Him more so that I can know and submit to the story He wrote for me in His book.
The God of "creative creation" is the author of my story! That is why I know my life, my identity, my calling--my story, is a masterpiece.
By Kerry-Ann McPherson
Project Manager & Contributor