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Hearing the Author's Voice


A movie came out a few years back with a really clever plot line. Stranger than Fiction stars Will Ferrell,

Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman.

Here's an description of the plotline from a movie website: “Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his life. The narrator it is extraordinarily accurate, and Harold recognizes the voice as an esteemed author he saw on TV. But when the narration reveals that he is going to die, Harold must find the author of the story, and ultimately his life, to convince her to change the ending of the story before it is too late.”

They say that art imitates life. In a very real sense, Paul argues in the letter to the Colossians, that we are part of a drama, a story, that is much bigger than us. This is God's story! We each have a role to play in his epic drama of redemption.

"Since you have been raised to a new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven. . .Colossians 3.1 (NLT)"

The notions that I am the master of my destiny. . . that I'm the star and protagonist. . . that I’m the author of my story. . . if Paul is right, those notions are, like the Stranger than Fiction movie, pure comedy.

In reality, the narrator's voice - the Spirit of the living God - that is the voice that shapes our identity, our purpose, and ultimately, our destiny.

As the Stranger than Fiction movie heads toward its climax, the main character calls the author Karen Eiffel, from a pay phone and says, “My name is Harold Crick and I believe you are writing a story about me.”

What a realization.

It's our truth as well. It turns out, human hearts have been searching for the Author all along. To find him and discover your place in his story – that’s what happens when a person surrenders their life to Christ.