Most of us like a good plot twist. It’s that surprising event that occurs in a movie we are watching or in a novel we are reading. We think the story is headed one way, but it takes a “twist” and heads in another direction. We think we have the story figured out only to find that we have no idea where the story is headed and how’s it’s all going to end. Plot twists can be exciting, entertaining and heighten our enjoyment of what we are watching or reading.
Plot twists are great in our entertainment. They are not so great in real life. Yet, most of us have experienced a real-life plot twist. We thought we had our lives figured out. Plans were made. Our path was set. Then something happened that changed our plans, altered our path and set us on a new trajectory that we weren’t expecting. Plot twists have affected some of our marriages, our relationships with our children, our friendships, our finances, our health, and other facets of our lives that hold meaning to us. These plot twists have allowed frustration, discontent, anger, jealousy, and doubt to settle in our hearts. We don’t like the plot twists in our story. We want the story to be written as we had planned it.
Real-life plot twists can be painful. That’s why I’m thankful that we have a Bible filled with stories of plot twists. It’s filled with stories of men and women whose lives turned out nothing like they had planned. The list of men and women experiencing plot twists in Scripture is lengthy. Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Ruth, David, Elisha, Joseph and Mary, the twelve disciples, Zacchaeus, Paul, the Ethiopian Eunuch, and the Philippian jailer are just a handful of men and women whose lives took dramatic twists and turns. None of these individuals would have guessed how their lives were going to change. None could have anticipated the joy and pain that would be part of their new journey. Yet, a plot twist happened in their lives and God was glorified because of their faith and their willingness to follow His lead in their lives. None were perfect in their story, but God was exalted nonetheless.
If you haven’t experienced a plot twist in your life, you will. Life will never go exactly as you have planned. When the plot twist comes, you will have a choice to make. Will I allow this change in plans to embitter me, make my angry, and cause me to lose my faith in my anger and despair? Or will I accept the change, look for God’s leading in it, keep my faith and allow God to be glorified through it all?
The choice is yours and mine. What will do when the plot twist comes? I pray we will remain faithful, focused and intent on allowing God to be glorified in our plot twist.