Heather Hutzel is truly my “Spiritual Morpheus.” Reading “Escape: Break Free from Mediocre Christianity and Embrace the Radical, Set-Apart Life You Were Made For,” opened my eyes to the reality that many of us Christians are living in the wrong story. We are living in the Story of the World rather than God’s story. We might even think that we’re living in God’s story, but in reality we’ve slapped a Christian window-dressing on the American Dream. We’re pursuing all of the things that the world strives for: fame, success, wealth, and status. We just tack on a weekly church service and the occasional bible study and believe that’s God’s best for us. This is living in the Story of the World, not God’s Story.
Once I woke up to this deception and decided to live in God’s story, I realized that the American Dream kept creeping back in like weeds in a garden. My big revelation is that I didn’t want to release control to God over the plot line of my life. We Americans glorify the self-made individual and that was my theme song. I wanted to live in God’s story, but only if I could write my own lines. Well, there are no co-authors in God’s epic saga, and He has already written my part if I choose to live it. Because I am author myself, I realize that God has been writing stories since before the dawn of time, and He is certainly a better writer than I am. My struggle has been to fully embrace my freedom in God by turning the creative control of my life over to Him, which is scary for me and yet exhilarating.
My goal is to listen for God voice and to follow his direction. I’m trying to not pester Him with questions like, “Which road are taking to get there, God? Why aren’t we going that way? Are we there yet?” Yet when I live fully and completely in God’s story, He will protect me and provide for me. It’s not my job to worry about how He’ll do it. It’s a daily struggle for me to take off the chains of self-sufficiency, excessive planning, and worrying so I can sprint after Jesus. But it’s so worth it! Thank you, Heather, for showing me how living in God’s story is exhilarating, terrifying, crazy, and wonderful!