Fellow travelers, this story is nearly complete and it’s taking every bit of me to not jump ahead and tell you what is happening! The story continues to unravel before my eyes and folks, it’s not all sunshine and roses. Some major bumps shook us like the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Still I remember watching the entire gymnasium at my volleyball game sway side-to-side like a loyal fan’s flickering lighter at a concert. The road rolled like someone gently shaking it out. Then it stopped, as quickly as it began. Yes, that’s where this story is headed and I’m all right with that.
I’m all right with the ups and downs. Sure, they release more than butterflies in my stomach, but I am certain of a happy ending to my story.
My dad and I only watched movies with happy endings. We warned each other to avoid that one but make sure to see this one and reasoned, “Why waste your time on heavy heart breaks when you can simply turn on the news and experience that.” No, we wanted an ending where peace and good will is restored. He’s gone now and in his absence I am more certain he is enjoying the ultimate happily ever after imaginable.
As my family rides out these crashing waves I’m not certain we will land comfortably, easily, or where we’re planning on. Straight out the gate we lose proximity to family, friends and familiarity, so why am I so certain this story will end well?
It Will End Well
The bigger ending captured my attention; the praise, worship and majesty that takes place in the throne room of heaven. Studying Revelation last year the descriptions of my loving Lord met my imagination and built beautiful pictures. I’m not talking about the pearly gates and streets of gold; I’m talking about the splendor of the Lord, the Holy Spirit and Savior. As the ultimate story rolled out I found myself overwhelmed by God’s crazy love for humanity. His love and character are unwavering for every one of our ordinary lives.
Hope springs when things look bleak (like a move delayed by three days for reasons you’ll have to wait for) when surrendered to a Lord who loves and cares. Daily I’m depending on God to “fix His problems” and forge the way that seems impossible.
In the past I should, complaining, worry and I would be standing by the water cooler talking up a storm. This is different. I hear pastors regularly say, “surrender to God and ________”. I don’t need to make any promises about what surrender brings because God already spelled it out in the bible.
My kids and I memorized Psalm 23 a few months ago and recently it’s the only way for me to fall asleep. Read it and see if you find the hope I’m talking about. I’m adding some of what goes through my head as I feast on this verse in blue.
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need. I literally have all I need and more because of Jesus.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows; I visualize this…especially on the really hard days when rest seems like a fairytale.
he leads me beside peaceful streams. I visualize a spring hike in Estes Park, Colorado with my months-old son on my back. A spring to one side, wild flowers at my knees and butterflies about.
3 He renews my strength. I may be exhausted physically and emotionally but He will supply all I need because He says in verse one I have all I need.
He guides me along right paths, Following God isn’t crazy, it will turn out well.
bringing honor to his name. This ordinary life isn’t about five minutes of fame or any amount of fortune. It’s ALL about the Lord.
4 Even when I walk WHEN- it WILL happen, I cannot escape difficulties.
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid, I do not need to be afraid.
for you are close beside me. God is with me.
Your rod and your staff Sometimes God needs to correct my wrong ways and teach me His…
protect and comfort me. …He does so for MY benefit.
5 You prepare a feast for me (and I’m usually asleep when I get here…..)
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
THIS STORY IS HARD TO LIVE but truly, I wouldn’t change any of it because GOD IS GOOD and this will end well.
It will end well for you too when you surrender to God. No joke.
Love to hear from you! What verse reassures your heart?
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