A bad chapter doesn’t mean the story is bad

So this week I got myself really upset and disappointed with John Grisham while reading his book The Confession. He doesn’t seem to give me the ending I expect. I hate that!

The story is about Donté Drumm, a convicted death row inmate in the great city of Texas. Right from the introduction of Drumm in the story, John makes it obvious to the reader that Drumm was wrongly convicted. The story took me through a series of events that made me fall in love with Donté while hating the justice system for sentencing the wrong man to death. What kept me turning the pages is the anticipation of seeing Donté exonerated and the state humiliated. That became more obvious with each page turn.

It’s a beautifully crafted piece of art. Except Donté never gets exonerated! At least until it’s too late. That upset me! I mean what was the purpose of getting me so emotionally entangled with the characters if the plan was to make all their efforts and sacrifices end in failure? And this isn’t the first book that Mr Grisham has done this to me. It’s his style. I so hated his style but I kept reading.

While I’m upset with a seemingly bad chapter in my life God is satisfied with how His masterpiece is beautifully coming together. How amazing!

As I kept reading I realised that the story wasn’t really all about Donté. But about John expressing his views on the death penalty, among other issues, in a story (from my point of view). It’s possible that that wasn’t his intention. But whatever his intention; he produced a masterpiece.

This little experience led me to reflect on life. How I react when I don’t have my way or when it seems like God has let me down.

In hindsight I realise now that had I been on the same page with John, I’d never have been upset with him. It is the very same thing with God. He’s not only promised us a prosperous future. He has given us His Holy Spirit as a deposit, an assurance that whatever He has spoken is going to come to pass. He’s made sure we are on the same page.

He has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.

1 Cor. 1:22 (NLT).

This is huge! Do you understand the seriousness of the above verse? I will try to break it down but it is one of those things that our earthly vocabulary can’t do justice to.

The Holy Spirit is the person of the Holy Trinity who’s responsible for carrying out God’s instructions. When God created this earth, Holy Spirit is the One who hovered over the face of the chaotic mass, envisioning what God wanted done (Gen. 1:1-2). He’s the one who went ahead and made it come to pass. He is the Spirit that Ezekiel prophesied to, and He came and filled the dead corpses with life in the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:9). He is the One who came upon Samson when he uprooted the city gates and carried them up the hill across from Hebron (Judges 16:33). He’s the east wind that parted the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21). Remember Luke records that God did unusual and extraordinary things by the hands of Paul? Like healing sick people using handkerchiefs that had simply touched Paul’s body! (Acts 19:1-12). That was the power of the Holy Spirit! The big one of them all and my most favourite is in Romans 8:11

the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.


That is extremely remarkable! I’m sure you get the picture. The Holy Spirit is the performer of everything awesome that God’s done and will ever do. Even Jesus needed Him to be raised from the dead. That is not to say He’s more powerful than Jesus, it simply speaks to the perfect harmony of the holy trinity. Jesus knows His place, so does Abba and Holy Spirit. They always know where one is supposed to be, doing what, when, how and with whom. They’re One and in their oneness there’s no room for being upset with the other.

We’ve all been brought into that oneness (John 17:21). It means we can always stay in the loop of what God is doing. He brought us into this union with Him so we can always stay updated. By virtue of that, there is no room in our lives to be upset with God because we can’t have our way. His way has become our way.

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I said earlier that had I been on the same page with John Grisham’s purpose for The Confession I wouldn’t have gotten upset with him. Guess what? God has made it possible for us to always stay on the same page with Him! Whatever He tells us is exactly what we need to know. Whenever you find yourself upset with God because things don’t make sense check to see if you’ve not strayed. Get back into fellowship with Papa, don’t insist on having your own way. God’s way is always the best!

When I became aware of this fact my prayer has always been for God to rid me of all selfishness. You can make it yours too!


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