Our lives are compiled of scenes. Some are boring, others are more intense, but the scenes all become a part of a larger picture. These days we are given previews into the lives of others. We see the exciting highlights but have no idea of the behind the scenes footage that it took to make the film.
According to Pixar, it can take anywhere from 4-7 years to create ONE animated film. If you think about this in terms of our lives, some of our most thrilling scenes, took years to develop. The behind the scenes footage of our lives are made up of rough drafts, revisions, and even some deleted scenes. Most people will never know what it took to develop such a complex story. All they'll see is the finished product.
If you've ever watched the behind the scenes moments of a film, you are aware that the development of the movie is a long, grueling process. Every scene change, dramatic effect ,and plot twist, were carefully scripted by the writer. Our lives are not much different. We sometimes underestimate the intentionality of God's plan. Every setback, pain, and crisis are already written. As we live out each scene we setup the next. It might be hard to accept, but our stories have already been written, were just in the production phase.
Once you finally accept that the story is written, you then can begin to claim things that you know to be true. For instance, We are told in His word that, "The prayers of the righteous availeth much", and "all things work together for the good of them that love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose".
Writer's notes, like this, is a spoiler alert into the thoughts of God. Knowing this, we can count on our story to have a happy ending. What we don't know is how long it will take for this ending to come to fruition. So were left with a lot of "Coming Soon" trailers.
As a huge super hero, movie fan, Im often caught up in the trailers for the next big movie. However, Im often times disappointed when the trailer ends with "Coming Soon 2020". Seriously?! Why give us a taste of something we wont be able to experience for another 2 years?! And if its a really good movie the preview will leave you with more questions than answers. During this time the critiques begin developing their own predictions, as you wait for your story to play out.
But waiting is hard. While other movies are "Now Playing", yours still is, "Coming Soon". Its not an easy process, but if you are following the will of God concerning your life, rest assured, it will be well worth the wait.
So in the meantime work on promoting the film, giving God all the credit he deserves. Thats what you do while you wait. You Promote Him. Promoting isn't just posting a godly quote. Its living out your day to day life, in a way that points others to Christ. Promoting is not as easy as it looks. It requires you to ignore the critiques and continue creating a buzz for what is to come. Some days you will get discouraged, and even want to abandon the campaign. But if you remain faithful to the process, you will see the God that is known to break box office records, show up on your behalf.