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The Rest of the Story

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:25)

I read these quotes recently:

“Life is like a book. Some chapters are sad, some are happy, and some are exciting. But if you never turn the page…you will never know what the next chapter holds.” www.dailyinspirationalquotes.in/2016/04

“You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.”
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Some people never turn the page because they live in fear of what the next chapter may reveal. Others are stuck in the past because they keep re-reading the last chapter and as a result, never experience the good things God has in store for them. If we never turn the page and just keep re-reading the last chapter, we can prevent God’s ability to heal the pain, hurt and distress of our past.

I lost my parents in a horrific car accident 38 years ago. I can’t imagine all the blessings I would have missed in my life if I had stayed in that painful chapter of my life. Instead, God has written some incredible chapters that have shown His ability to heal what could have potentially debilitated my future.

Psalm 62:5-8
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. SELAH.

I love that word SELAH in the Psalms. It means interjection, pause, or rest. As our book of life is written, there are times we need to press the pause button, take a rest and let God interject encouragement into our lives. Words like rest, hope, fortress, refuge, and trust give us confidence in God’s ability to write the next chapter of our lives.

Over the past couple of weeks, a very dear friend of mine has been going through a major storm in his life. The chapter just written in his life would be difficult for any of us to read.

During his crisis, I sent him the words of this song called Still.

Hide me now
Under Your wings
Cover me
Within Your mighty hand

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father, you are King over the flood
I will be still, know You are God

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know His power
In quietness and trust
Still – Hillsong United with Lyrics – YouTube.

Don’t let your problems keep you in the last chapter, use them to let God write the rest of your story!

Until next time…

Don

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