Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Acts 9:18-19 (NIV)
While reading over a sermon from one of my colleagues I came across this question, “Can God Flip the Script?” Immediately I began to ponder about what this means in the life of the believer. The word script in the noun form means something written, but in the verb, form scripted refers to the written text of a play, motion picture, or radio or television broadcast. For example, those scripted shows we watch like: Real Housewives of Atlanta, Love and Hip Hop, Law & Order, and unfortunately WWE. Each of these shows has contributors who develop scripts to be acted out. In the process of filming, there are moments when people will go off script, sometimes they will be included and other times there will be retakes until it’s acted out correctly according to the director. I’ve experienced attending Wrestling events seeing matches being botched or a last-minute script change so what was intended to take place was cancelled.
According to the book of Acts its states, “Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison” Acts 8:3. Saul’s assignment was to stop the Christian mission. It was a war against people of the Way, and Saul led the pack. Chapter 9 tells the story of Saul’s conversion; the Lord speaks to him on the Road of Damascus and flips the script. Saul went from being a persecutor to a preacher, from Saul to Paul. I must raise the question have you exhibited Saul like behavior amid God calling you to a Paul lifestyle? Attempting to create your own script when God has already written the script for your life. Here’s the good news, when we go off script God provides grace. Often time we are warring with God about how the script is going to be finalized, constantly adding unnecessary content, roles, and additional actors into God’s plan. Who’s the director of the motion picture called “Your Life”? I conclude with these lyrics from LaShun Pace, My Times:
If I were in control of my life I think that I would have worked things out differently there would be no hurt no pain, no disappointments of these things my life would be scott free but that just goes to show, how little I know about leading about controlling my life for you see all these things have worked together just to make the best of me
God controls my life and my times are in His hands and I'm learning each and every day to trust Him, come what may for you see if I were in control of my life I know that I would have I would have worked things out much differently.