by Edy T Johnson
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“God has a blueprint for every life, and God has a blueprint for yours!” This was one of Dad’s lessons for us little ones in family devotions, the earliest that I remember clearly. Perhaps he had a picture to show us what a blueprint looked like, I don’t recall. But, even though I couldn’t have been more than three years old, I seemed to understand what he was telling us.
“When we meet Jesus in Heaven, He will show us our blueprint, what he planned for our life. Then He’ll say, ‘Now, let’s look at how your life matches My blueprint,’ to see if we followed God’s plan or not.” With these few words, our Dad painted a picture that has served as a reminder throughout my life that God created us for a purpose.
We have many appropriate names for our Lord that describe how He loves and cares for us. Savior, the Good Shepherd, the Great Physician are names that come quickly to mind. As Creator, some might say, He is also the Great Architect, the design he has encoded in DNA being a blueprint that all creation follows from generation to generation.
The idea of blueprints is a good one. Even little children can understand the concept. As a storyteller, however, one of my favorite insights into the Godhead is the picture of God as Author and Finisher of our faith!
So many of us have our favorite Bible story. Mine is the story of Joseph and his brothers. When I realized how that story portrays the grand epic of Jesus, first rejected by His brethren as part of God’s plan, and the promised restoration, I wept. What a marvelous Storyteller our Lord is! He is the Author of all those great Bible stories we know and love. But, that isn’t all. He continues to create “characters,” develop “plots,” building the “drama,” whether comedy or tragedy or a bit of both, to the “climax,” when all will be fulfilled, revealed and understood. Like the blueprint plan, God continues to write our story, yours and mine, according to His outline. Like a good journalist, He includes the Who (you and me), What, When, Where, Why and How of our story. What an adventure, being the main character in a story written by the Almighty Himself!
This gives each of us our own story to tell.
“Who, me?” Nobody can tell your own story the way you can. Once, I heard a man tell his story “You can’t outgive God.” He had transcribed it into a tract, of which he made good use. When talking to strangers, before parting he would say, “May I share my story with you?” as he pulled one of these tracts from his pocket. That man was prepared!
“What do I have to tell?” Tell what you know, your own experiences of life. God has written all these events on the pages of your life and mine for good reason, to reveal Himself to us and to others through us.
“When....” 1 Peter 3:15 “Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you....”
“Where will I find anybody wanting to listen?” God gives us opportunities. Keep those eyes and ears open!
“Why would I want or need to tell my story?” The bottom line is to give glory to God.
“How” you tell your story is up to you. Imagine the life cut short of a young poet. But, she wrote a poem that became a hymn that still touches hearts for the Savior more than a hundred years after she is gone! Imagine the witness to be found in a grandfather’s diaries, or a grandmother’s Bible, filled with notes in the margins of the Word! Whatever the desires of your heart, the talents, possessions, follow where God leads through them. Use what you have, do what you can, then let God perfect it!
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.... (Malachi 3:16 KJV)
Copyright 2006 - by - Edy T. Johnson
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Once again, Edy, we connected. We must be on the same wave length. You'll see what I mean if you read my poem, "The Architect". I love reading what you write. You are very gifted!
Hi Edy, I've been feeling a little "dry" lately and decided to read some of the works of someone (you) that I knew was an encourager. This did it! "Do what you can do...let God perfect it." That is SO good. Thanks, friend!
Yes, God does have a blueprint for our lives. Written before the foundation of the earth. You have so eliquently written. Won't be be grand to "get there"! As I get older I can see how He has worked in my life and look forward with patience and trust to the remainder. Thank you. God bless and keeping writing!
Edy, What an inspiring piece of writing! God has used your words here to confirm His own direction to me in ways you cannot know. Thank you for sharing! Blessings, Cheri
Hello Edy, And I'm glad to get acquainted with you, too. This piece tells me who you really are. My husband and I have a little slogan we say about why something happens in a TV program. "It's in the script." That's how the events of our lives work out, too--according to God's script. This past Sunday we had a guest speaker at our church (Calvary Church in Charlotte, NC). Dr. Duane Litfin, president of Wheaton College, told us that, as parents, our greatest work would be shown in our influence on the lives of our children and grandchildren. All of this fits right into "blueprints" as you so beautifully described them. In His love, Verna
Edy, I enjoyed this. I, too, love the story of Joseph. As an ordinary human, I find him one of the best! I love his trust and optimism. Also, I can relate to your saying that we can testify to Christ after we are gone by writing in the margins of our Bibles. Ever since my mom died, I have tried to do that in several Bibles so that my kids can have some words I find precious after I'm gone. I can have the last word on faith and, after I'm gone, my kids will give them even greater credit as being absolute truth. I have told other parents to do the same. We can truly testify after death!
You are an inspiring writer, I will make it a point to read more of your articles this week. Thanks for the blessing!
Edy, I particularly love your acknowledgement of what a three-year-old can understand. Let all those wonderful teachers/parents of tinies know that every word is powerful to blueprint the child, and do not underestimate a child. Itis amazing whatis being set up for the future.
Once again, your writing touched the depths of my soul! Wow! My only wish is that I had read this a long time ago. Excellent writing and such a gift of inspiration from Our Precious Lord! Thank you for commenting on my piece, An Overflow of Thanks. Your friend, Kathy M.
This is a really nice piece with a good message. I love the blueprint analogy for God's plan. Your dad was a wise man! Even though