The subway was late. People came through turnstiles crowding to the platform, anxiously looking at their iPhones, androids, and occasionally – their watches.
And then we found out why. There was police action at Broadway, a stop further down on the subway line.
But before we found out, there were mutters and murmurs, irritated glances and impatient shaking of heads. If we had authored our mornings, none of us would have put in “Police action at Broadway”.
“You are the author of your own life” is a quote often used to inspire and motivate. I get it. It says “Don’t just sit around, make life happen! If you don’t like the direction of your life, you can change it”. And many of those things are true….to a point.
But then into your life comes an unauthorized interruption. It’s the “Police action at Broadway” interruption and there is nothing you can do. You don’t control the pen or the paper, the words or the writing. There’s a bigger picture at play here.
How many of us would write sickness into our lives? How many of us would write a broken engagement? How many of us would pen an abusive marriage, a violent death, a car accident, the painful illness of a child into our story, the feeling of being other? None of us would – yet all that pain is written into life as we know it. Life in a world that’s broken.
And into the broken story of life comes a redemptive editor.
If I am, as the quote says, the author of my life, then surely I want God as the redemptive editor – the editor that comes in with red ink and gently but insistently crosses out, changes, discards, suggests, and improves the story. The redemptive editor knows that the bones of the book may be good, but it could be so much better; the author is capable of so much more.
It’s the editor that refines until the book is ready. It’s the editor that takes the “Police action at Broadway” moments and redeems them, at a great cost.
Despite the police action at Broadway, things got moving; the system has men and women assigned to make sure emergencies are acted on and despite a slow recovery, we were on our way. But not without a hard look at my reaction to the police action on Broadway.
Have you had any recent “Police action at Broadway” moments? Those interruptions that you would never author, moments that you need to know can be redeemed?