Monday, November 29, 2010
Posted by Glynnis Whitwer
Both books ended well, but there were times during the books when I was ready to put them down. The protagonists were just too mean. The plot too painful. The abuse, greed, and vindictiveness too ugly to dwell on.
If those books had ended badly, I would have been very disgruntled at spending months of my life on them.
And, if I hadn't read them completely, I would have been frustrated too. If I had only read, say ... page 560 ... or page 702 ... I might have thought the story was hopeless. I might have thought the villains won. Or the hero and heroine never reconnected. If I only read one chapter, I might have thought justice was an impossible dream. Or those in poverty will always stay that way.
But now, after reading the book in its entirety, I can see the amazing story. The plot progressed, there was tension, conflict and eventually resolution. Good did eventually triumph.
It got me thinking that our lives are a bit like that. For those of us who have accepted Christ, we know we have a happy ending. One way or another, our story will end well. But not every chapter or page in our story is happy.
Today might be page 452 for me. And on page 452 there is conflict. There is tension. If I only read this page, I would have a very different view of the story.
Yet the Author of my story has a purpose for every page and chapter in my life. He's got a story in mind and is building and developing the plot every day. No story is conflict-free. No story is complete without a challenge. Victory is empty without a struggle.
Today, I'm considering my life as a grand story. I know the ending. Good triumphs. The victory will be sweeter because of the struggle. Today is not the story. It's just page 452.
In His Love,