Day 16: Longing for a happy ending
He who goes out weeping
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with him.
Psalm 126: 4-6
We are made to crave happy endings. We want everything to end well in the movies we watch, in the books we read and especially in our own lives. But every ending is not happy.
For the happy ending is intrinsic to the life of faith, central to all we do during all of our lives. If we cannot believe in it, we are desolate indeed. If we know in the depths of our hearts, that God is going to succeed, with each one of us, with the entire universe, then our lives will be bright with laughter, love and light. Madeleine L’Engle
We crave nothing less that the perfect story; And while we chatter or listen all our lives to a din of craving – jokes, anecdotes, novels, dreams, films, plays, songs, half the words of our days – We are satisfied only by the one short tale we feel to be true; History is the will of a just God who knows us. Reynolds Price
Revelation promises that our longings are not mere fantasies. They will come true. When we awake in the new heaven and new earth, we will have at last whatever we have longed for. Somehow, from out of all the bad news in a book like Revelation, good news emerges—spectacular Good News. A promise of goodness without a catch in it somewhere. There is a happy ending after all. Philip Yancey, Meet the Bible
We are made to enjoy a good story – especially one with a happy ending. The happy ending we crave may not happen in our lifetime. But when?
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.