Family movie nights are a popular treat in our house during the winter months. If only we could actually hear the movie.
“Daddy, what’s happening?”
“Why is he doing that?”
“Where is that girl going?”
“What is that, Mom?”
“Is this the scary part?”
“Sweetheart!” We answer, exasperated. “Just watch the movie!”
Our three-year-old asks a lot of questions. She wants to understand the plot, so she interrupts every five seconds and demands explanations before they’re due. If she’d just focus and wait to see what happens next, we’d all get a chance to enjoy the story.
But don’t we do the same thing to God?
Lord, I don’t understand what’s happening. Where am I going? What’s the point of all this? Is this the scary part?
The turn of a new year brings a mixed bag of hope and trepidation. What will 2014 have in store for my family? Is this the year we reach big goals? Build that house? Start new ventures? Or will we lose someone we love. Face financial hardship. Stare down a health scare.
Maybe this is the year.
The year of blessings.
The year of change.
The year of heartache.
The year of healing.
Or, more likely, a combination of all above.
The real question is, do I believe in happy endings?
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see,” (Hebrews 1:11, NLT).
No matter what 2014 brings, I want to make it my year of faith. Faith in whatever God brings—joys and sorrows, losses and gains, growing and staying the same. Will you do it, too? Quit worrying about what comes next, and just watch the movie. Of this I am sure—we have no better script writer, producer, director or leading Man than the One who knows all and does all because he loves us.
Happy New Year, everyone. Enjoy the show.
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