When my children were very young, like most children, they loved books. Some of their favorites included the Dr. Seuss books like The Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, and Green Eggs and Ham. The Golden Books, such as The Pokey Little Puppy, The Little Red Hen, and The Shy Little Kitten were read almost daily. We had a library full of good books with good morals, but many excluded Bible stories. Therefore, I began writing and telling stories for my children. We called them the Jeffie Stories.
Jeffie Stories were centered on a little boy named Jeffie whose life was full of things most kids his age liked to do. Jeffie experiences from day to day were great Bible teaching points for my kids. Every story segued into a Bible story to help teach them about sharing, kindness, or honesty. Whether I added laughter, fun, or excitement to Jef e’s life or disappointment and sadness, I always came to the same conclusion in every story—a happy ending. Why? Because I was in control of the story. I was the author and creator of Jeffie, and I could determine what would happen in his life.
Through my experience of writing stories of a fictional character, I could not help but think of the care and love Jesus puts into writing each of our life stories. Not only is He my Creator, but He is also the Author of my faith. My story began in His mind before I took my first breath for the Scriptures say “Looking unto Jesus the author and nisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). “Thine hands have made me and fashion me together round about” (Job 10:8).
“My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance yet being imperfect and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, oh God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand” (Psalm 139, emphasis added).
These scriptures proclaim He is the Author, and I have learned to trust Him even though the story He has written caused me to go through numerous learning processes. There have been many chapters full of failures and victories and chapters I would like a complete “do-over.” God has written wonderful chapters filled with love, joy, faith-building. Within those chapters, there have been pages of watching new babes in Christ being filled with the wonderful gift of the Holy Ghost, healing from disease, receiving sufficient grace, and overgrowing joy!
As I remember all of the wonderful moments of my life, I cannot exclude the chapters that were not the most comfortable.
I recall stressful chapters of disappointments. I remember chapters of sheer faith by trusting Him to supply the next meal. Also, there have been humbling chapters when I tried to pull the pen from His hand intending to scribble out His plan and rewrite a new one. Of course, there have been chapters of sadness and tears. Although these chapters were not my favorite, they were necessary to make me who I am today. Within these chapters, He reminded me that I could still trust the Author.
As I look back over the fast moving chapters of my story, I am so thankful He’s still holding the pen. Isaiah 46 reads, “He knows the end from the beginning,” and He planned my happy ending all the way from my beginning. Chapters may close with tears, but the ending has a promise of rejoicing! When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!
Kim Bulgrin serves the Ohio District as the section one Ladies Ministries representative. She is also the rst lady of First Apostolic Church of Tallmadge, Ohio where her husband, Ken Bulgrin serves as pastor.