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Hey there, world changer!
I love a great story, don’t you? Every story has five basic and equally important elements. The key components are the characters, the setting, the plot, the conflict, and the resolution. To understand the full story, it’s important to read through the entire book and grasp its entirety.
With Easter just around the corner, I’ve been reading through the gospels in the Bible in chronological order. I have really been enjoying reading through the Bible this way because I’m grasping Jesus’ story in its entirety. The other day, I read through Jesus’ crucifixion and I got began to question why things had to happen this way. And, the Lord told me, “Ashley, this isn’t the full story, it’s not the ending.”
You see, God had a plan beyond the conflict, Jesus being crucified and rejected by the world. He saw the story from the perspective of restoration and victory. I think too often, people get stuck in life because they do not realize that God is more concerned about the big picture, the full story rather than just a part of it. Whenever we face conflict or seasons of difficulty, we forget to see that God is already working things out for our good and has a plan of restoration beyond the pain.
The truth is that seasons of hardship and pain are often the ones that renew our strength and give us hope. It is usually the tragedies in our lives that produce tremendous growth and character in us. My friend, shift your perspective today and see that God is writing for you an incredible story, one with twists and turns, highs and lows, great victories and everything in between.
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