My kids have the mind boggling ability to watch the SAME show over and over and over. And each time, they laugh, shriek and perhaps cry at the same moments.
During the climax of a movie we’ve seen 4,097,357 times, they’ll cuddle up together on the couch just as worried as ever for the hero.
I try to inform them that it turns out the same as it did the last 4,097,356 times, but my spoiler doesn’t deter them from sitting with their bowls of cereal on the verge of spilling over, reliving the drama.
As much as I sit and watch them in wonder, I imagine God feels the same way about me. Because the drama? It’s something I live each day. I ride the highs and lows of emotion. I struggle and strive, my heart on the verge of spilling over. And yet? I am a story with a known ending.
It is written. He has said.
When my heart is more tuned to the day to day details, rather than the glorious, final truth – I step out of faith and into fear.
Keeping my heart and hope focused on the ending – love wins – allows me to hold lightly to the drama of today. It allows me to walk with the secret delight of knowing how it all works out. It allows me to turn my heart inside out; from introspection and insecurity to confidence and compassion.
Love redeems, renews, restores, resolves. Whatever precipice you find yourself on today — love wins.
Let’s live with the joy of being stories that end happily ever after.