"We all know that in every Mission Impossible movie Tom Cruise will prove the mission to be completely possible."
Have you noticed that we often don’t worry in the middle of a conflict in a movie? In a typical rom com, we don’t really worry when they breakup one hour into the movie. Why? Because we know that they will get back together. We know that it has to end with a happy ending. It may spark some emotion in us when the “perfect couple” breaks up, but we know that for it to be a good rom com they will have the characters end up together. It’s not just with rom coms. We know that with every Mission Impossible movie that Tom Cruise will prove the mission to be completely possible. We know that every Marvel super hero will defeat evil and save the day. I believe that this is why movies like Titanic and La La Land throw us all off.
I once heard a pastor say, “If it’s not good, it’s not the end.” I really took that statement to heart. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” If something isn’t good, God’s not done yet.
I think I have said this before, but I truly believe it. Not all things are good. But I believe that there is nothing God can’t use for good. There is nothing he can’t make beautiful. I want to clarify. I’m not saying we won’t go through suffering or attack. I also don’t think we should limit our definition of good to what we want or what we think. The happy ending God has for us may not always look like we think it will. In fact, my guess is that it never will look like how we think it will. I’m not saying that our happy ending will look like a movie. I’m saying that it will look better. I believe God is good. I believe he really knows what we want, need, and knows how to form us and use us for his purposes to create a happy ending far beyond any think we could dream up or desire.
I don’t mean that we will sit in luxury under a palm tree, but that when Jesus said he came to bring life and life to the fullest, he meant it. God wants to give us a purpose filled life living close to him.
I write this because many people close to me are going through a lot. I want to encourage you to keep holding on. Keep remembering the ending. I believe we were created to know deep down that the happy ending is coming.
How much more at ease do we feel when we watch a movie that we’ve seen before? When I watch my favorite movie, Jurassic Park, I never worry about the kids getting eaten. I know the end of the story. I know what happens.
In our lives we know the end of the story. We see it in the last book of the Bible. We know that God is bringing and will bring justice, peace, love, joy, and healing. We know that he has and will defeat evil. We know the end of the story. I think God created us to know that amidst conflict, the ending is happy. That doesn’t mean pain isn’t real. But it means that hope is too.
I also think it is so important to thank God in the present moment too. Thankfulness is a powerful weapon. Gratitude changes everything.
But in hard times, it is so comforting to know that one day we will be completely united with Jesus.
It is so comforting to know that we will see him. The one that we waited for. The one that my heart is bursting for. We get to know him here, but then we can see him face to face, and there will be the biggest wedding ceremony ever. Hold on. Keep going. Spoiler alert: God is making all things new. He is good. He will never let you down. And that is one spoiler that I won’t apologize for.
"So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul..."- Hebrews 6:18-19
Song Recommendation: Intentional by Travis Greene