It’s easy to read the Bible and miss the fact that I read from one paragraph to another forgetting about the time it took to live out those paragraphs. Sometimes there are 25 years missing, 100 years of missing paragraphs, or even 1000 years of moments that were never documented.
It’s easy to forget about the days that were lived out in all those missing paragraphs. There’s danger forgetting this reality.
I firmly believe that God wants each of us to share His story in our lives transparently. There are many exhortations for us to leave a record of His faithfulness to generations not yet born, to edify, fellowship, give a testimony of His work in our lives. God has given us this example all throughout Scripture. I read through the Bible, page after page witnessing the great and the small, the most victorious moments and the darkest of times. I read both the private and the public work that God was doing in the lives of generations who lived before us.
And yet, with every page I turn, there are a 1000 more pages never written.
“Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jn 21:25). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
I am confident that there are times of space, unwritten paragraphs, that are accessible only to God and the one who lived them. It’s easy for me to forget this detail and often painful when I do.
There are seasons of life that take me to invisible pages, private paragraphs undeniably etched on my heart, yet invisible to those around me or the generations that are to come.
I’m living in-between the spoken promise and the fulfillment of that promise. I’m living in-between all the visible pages that people do see and the written paragraphs they can easily read.
100 years of paragraphs is a journey where Grace called me to take the first step. A place I didn’t want to enter and yet a place where my faith in God has kept me. It is a place where God has spoken to me in undeniable ways and a place where there have been many dangers.
Let me share just three of the many dangers I have found while living out my days, weeks, months, even years in-between 100 years of paragraphs.
The danger of isolation.
A spirit of discernment directs me to speak and to remain silent, to act and to be still. When God calls me to a place of silence, I must remember He has not called me to a place of isolation. God is always faithful to bring someone across my path at just the perfect time to remind me I’m not alone. God will never leave me or forsake me, and while my life may be lived out on invisible pages to the world, they are far from invisible to Him.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Dt 31:6). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
The danger of discrediting the value of work being accomplished.
It’s important for me to remember the value of work done in the private paragraphs of my life. There is a spiritual work that is alive and active inside me and while it may appear silent to those around me or anyone who would read my life story it is far from silent on the other side of eternity.
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (2 Co 4:17–18). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.”
The danger of impatience.
I can be terribly impatient! Impatient to see His promise fulfilled in my life and the life of those I love with our own eyes. I sigh, as I write this truth. I so desperately want to see His plan fulfilled and so I wait for Him!
100 years of paragraphs is a spiritual journey, a journey that is beautiful, and often painful. A journey that is only for the eyes of God and the individual living them out. A journey I must embrace.
Do you find yourself living in-between all the written paragraphs? Do you question the value of His work in your life or if He’s even still writing at all? Do you cry out to God asking why He’s gone silent when you needed to hear from Him most? If you answered yes, I want you to know you’re not alone. I’m right there with you and many other women we don’t even know have also gone before us on this spiritual journey.
I am confident that He completed the work He was doing in their lives, and He will complete the good work He’s doing in our lives as well even if they are on invisible pages and 100 years worth of unwritten paragraphs.
Until our next chat,
Mrs. Joseph Wood