The Rest of the Story

forest-pathWhat is the best part of a book? The beginning? The middle? Or the end? Fairy tales end with “and they lived happily ever after.” When you watch a movie, you want to see a happy ending. Years ago I memorized a Paul Harvey story. He was famous for telling stories, leaving you hanging, and then telling you “the rest of the story.”

Our lives are stories. Do we know the end yet? No. God has not revealed that to us at this time. We have to take it a little bit at a time. God allows wonderful things to come into our lives: high school diploma, college degree, good job, pay raise, spouse, children, grandchildren. But He also allows things into our lives that do not seem as good to us: car accident, things that need repairing, being tight on money, sickness, death of a loved one. God brings what is best for us – maybe not what we would ask for, but still the best for us. When God sends us through those hard times, do not give up. Do not stop reading in the middle of the book. Read on and find out the end of the story. Even more important than finding out the ending of a book, find out what God is trying to teach you from this circumstance. Don’t leave the book half-read.

Corrie ten Boom once said, “When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.”

Praise the Lord that we have a God that we can trust. God is greater than our circumstances. Sit still and trust Him.


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