I recently had an opportunity to review a draft of a novel written by a former high school classmate. From Nothing is a fast paced excursion through back room business dealings, rock music, and existential musings about God. These seemingly disparate themes are masterfully woven together into a cohesive and convincing tale. It is about the road not taken. It is about facing mortality at the cross-roads of middle age. It is scheduled to be published in Spring 2018 and will undergo at least one more edit.
My friend was grateful for my review indicating he would gladly share it with his publisher to incorporate some of my ideas into his final draft. He is crafting a story about life and he has the ability to change the plot to achieve his purpose. While he did not divulge his objectives for writing this novel, I thought I could discern some of his motives. He cautiously agreed with some of my observations but it was clear that there were deeper themes that he wished to convey and I may have been overlooking them.
I reflected upon his statement. Here was his chance to play god, to create a story the way he envisioned. He could change it as many times as needed until he was content. The work is fictional but my mind began to wander. Would God do the same in my life?
But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?
Romans 9:20-21 (NKJV)
We are the clay. We are born sinners and if left alone to our free will, we will chose dishonor and eternal separation from God. Like the novel’s author, God can change the script of my life and I am thankful He did! He intervened by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for my sins. By being resurrected from the dead, God has shown that all who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will receive salvation and eternal life. A life that is headed for eternal separation and torment is now a life in fellowship with God and at peace, the way He originally intended. I do not understand all the purposes God has for my life but I am grateful that by His grace and mercy, He saved me.
From nothing, God has changed the script of my life and for everyone who believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.