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Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3 (NIV)
Have you ever thought about what is written on your heart? What is your life story?
As a musician, it’s not uncommon for me to have a song stuck in my head. Often listening to another song is the only way to get it out, and then that new song gets stuck.
As a writer, I usually have ideas running around in my mind. New blog post thoughts, or a scene from the novel I am writing, or something that I read recently that I really liked.
Can you imagine the train wreck in my brain?! All these words swirling, some dancing because they have notes attached, and some skipping, some brooding, some drifting.
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Write Your Story
One of my favorite songs is “Write Your Story” by Francesca Battistelli, because it fits so well with all that wordy mess in my head. (You can find it on Amazon if you’re not sure which song this is.)
She talks about being an empty page and an open book, inviting the Lord to write His story there. This resonates with me, not just because it’s a catchy tune, but because as an author, I can visualize the possibilities that exist on an empty page. There are so many ways that space could be filled! Sometimes the repeating “write your story, write your story” acts as a nag, encouraging me to sit down and write my story.
But it runs deeper than that. I don’t want to merely write my story. Instead, I want the Lord to write through me, to use my story to strengthen and encourage others who will one day read it. I want it to be words He can use.
And yet there’s a layer deeper still. Because it’s ultimately not my story that matters at all, but His story. The words that He writes on my heart and in my life. I want my life to tell His story, and in order to do that, I have to be that blank page, that open book, and I have to allow Him to write there. I can’t control that story, or it won’t be His anymore – it’ll become mine. At the end of the day, mine won’t be worth anything compared to His.
What story is being etched on your heart? Are you writing it, or is God? My prayer is that you, too, will be an empty page, an open book, and allow the Lord to write His story on your heart.