STORIES. The world is full of them. From the ancient times, when there were no means of writing, stories have been told; handed down from generation to generation. Then came the ancient writing instruments, then came the printing press, then came ICT, and men are still writing, telling stories. Writers come and writers go, and more writers are being born. However, through all the ages, world without end, one Writer has remained, never fading, never hasting, and never tiring. THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.
The Lord writes not with pen and paper. He writes not with ICT, nor on tablets. His real stories are told by men, in the life that they live on a daily basis. Through the ancient times, God has written stories. Abraham, Moses, Jacob, Joseph, Ruth, Esther, Samuel, Peter, Paul, etc., were not just men, they were stories that God wrote. In our contemporary days, we have heard of people like William Carey, John Wesley, Catherine Booth, Aimee Semple Macpherson, R. G. LeTourneau, William Wilberforce, etc., through whom God had also written His stories. Now, we are all watching “THE TRAIN”, another story God had written (and is still writing) with two lives: Mike and Gloria Bamiloye.
This is my reflection today; God is still writing. He is still putting His masterpiece on display. He is still crafting His thrillers, but with who? Who has made himself or herself available for God to write? We have so many people who say they have given their lives to Christ, but they are still the ones in charge in their own lives. They are still planning their lives, plotting and making their own choices. But the best plans a man can ever make can never compare with what God would have done with them if they had simply surrendered and said to the Lord, “Whatever You want, however You want it, Lord Write!”
The Lord has not finished telling His stories. His Ink-horn is not yet exhausted, but He is looking for materials, for men and women He can write with. The world has not seen anything yet; several paths are yet uncharted, but the Lord is looking for men who have seen something greater than “I”, men who are ready to surrender their dreams, their aspirations, their plans, and simply say, “Lord, write!” Just like some thriller novels we have read, we may never know where God is going; but we will trust Him with our lives and let Him write.
This is why many find it hard to submit their lives to discipleship. This is why many find it difficult to follow the Lord’s way. They want to make it. They want to be successful in life. They want relevance, but they do not want to wait for God. Hence, they struggle, labour, fight, and some even leave their duty post to seek greener pastures elsewhere.
But no matter what your story had been before now, you can make a difference from today. You can today come before the God of heaven and earth, the One who created and saved you, and say, “Lord, I surrender; all my dreams, ambitions, wants and desires. Whatever you want, however you want it, Lord, write!” Maybe not in the same language, but this is exactly what Bro. Mike and Sis. Gloria Bamiloye did with their lives. They said to the Lord, “write!” It is just like what Bro. Robert Hyslop said, “Anything Lord”; and for him, it meant setting out with his new wife to Bassa region of Nigeria to preach the Gospel.
I stop here, and I leave you to make your commitment. You can take a day or two out and sit quietly and pray. You can take out some hours and do this. You can even bend your head and your heart right now, but whatever you do, can you say to the Lord, with a sincere and broken heart, and with complete trust, “LORD, WRITE!”
This will be your song, and your testimony.