Why does Fox look at her relationship with God this way? God is a Story Maker. God makes stories, including our stories. We only tell stories, but God makes real stories out of nothing.
We like to think we are in control. Are we, or are we characters molded to perform in a vast play? Contemplate Romans 9. Consider Paul’s questions.
Romans 9:14-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.
19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” 20 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?” 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?
What is our responsibility? Are we just clay in God’s Hands? Not entirely. Based upon Philippians 3:14-16, TLP Inspiration: July 3.0, 2018 by Don Merritt provides a post on planning, plotting our next move.
Here we are at the chess board, looking intently at the pieces on the table and trying to plot our next move… but this is no game− it’s life.
Each of us has life moves to make; each of us needs a strategy and a plan… (continued here)
‘I once got really aggravated with atheists and threw a bit of a fit. There was one in particular that just irritated me. In the process of praying and venting my frustration, God left me sputtering by informing me that the guy actually leads more people to Christ than many Christians do. Oh ouch, and so true!’ (from here)
Is an atheist? Maybe not, but he is definitely an apostate, and that is worse. Yet it is worst for him, not me. So even though my first reaction is to get angry with him, what would be the point? Our Lord is entirely in control. If He knew what to do with that pharaoh, surely he knows what use to make of in His story.
My part is to do my part, and that doesn’t mean I have to get angry. Sometimes it is better just to shake one’s head and point out the silliness.
It pays not to take ourselves too seriously. I do, of course, so I know the consequences from my own poverty. We are just players in a great play on a huge stage, actors and actresses who will do what the Director planned from eternity.
Still, there is that nagging question. Do we have a choice? Apparently, we do, but none of us understands exactly what that means. We just know the Bible holds the promise of Heaven or Hell, one or the other. Yet even that stark choice should hold a bit of humor for those who know themselves as saved. Consider Hell is a Dry Heat… by insanitybytes22. Remember we are all God’s children.
When a kid is wounded, and we are all God’s kids, you have to just sow grace on them, pray it hits fertile soil, and then do it all over again. Grace has a substance to it, love has an evidence, they are tangible things one must acquire a taste and a longing for. If one has always had them, I suppose it might be hard to understand that, but grace, love, and hope are an acquired taste, they must be learned, they must be taught, they must be modeled. You have to show them what it looks like. (continue here)
Because God is love, when we love each other, we perform our part in His story. When we love, we teach our fellow actors and actresses how to participate in the play.