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Happily Ever After?

Posted: June 7, 2012 by clairer in Uncategorized

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved to read mysteries – working my way up from the Boxcar Children to Nancy Drew to Agatha Christie. It’s funny when I think about this being one of my favorite genres because…well, usually I hate unknowns (and, of course, mystery novels are full of unknowns). Anyone who has watched a movie with me knows this. I want to know if it’s going to have a happy ending, who dies, who lives, who gets married to whom…everything, before the movie is barely underway. But with mystery novels, it’s different. I’m content to sit back and enjoy the story – I never flip to the back of the book to see if a favorite character is still alive. I was thinking about this the other day and wondering why there’s such a difference between how I read mysteries and watch movies and I came to the conclusion that the reason I can “enjoy the journey” with mystery novels is because I choose books where I trust the author.

Yes, I’m one of those readers who devours every single book by an author before moving onto a new series. The way I figure it, I’ll stick with any author who can tell a good story – someone who has perfect timing, who gently weaves each small detail together, and who brings each mystery to a satisfactory ending. Each time I pick up an Agatha Christie book, no matter how suspenseful the book may be, I can just enjoy it because I know that whatever happens, Christie ensures it’ll be good.

But, as I’ve pondered this a bit more, it occurred to me that what Agatha Christie can do with fiction, God does with life. In Hebrews 2:10, Jesus is called “the author of our salvation,” and in Acts 3:15, Peter refers to him as “the author of life.” As our Creator and Lord, He is writing a unique story for each of us.  And, as in the mystery books I love to read, my life is a story…a journey. Unfortunately, I’m often not as patient with life as I am my books. I’ve always been the one who wants to get ahead…never quite content with where I am at the moment. When I was little, I always wanted to be doing whatever my older brother was doing.  When I was in high school, I wanted to graduate. When I was in college, I wanted to get an internship. As an intern, I’m excited about getting a job. Each phase in my life is easily overshadowed by the anticipation of – and longing for – the next chapter.

I guess I’m always thinking ahead mostly because I’m concerned about how my life will all turn out. Sometimes I think that if I could just know what God has in store for my life, I’d be happier – even if it was just having basic questions answered with no specifics like…will I get married?…have a career?…impact the world? Unfortunately, though, God doesn’t give me the “heads up” on any of these things.

But, stopping to think about it…would I really want Him to? When I’m reading a mystery, I don’t want to know “who-done-it” before the end of the book. I don’t want to know who gets knocked off or who is lying…at least, not before it’s time for me to know. That would spoil the ending and take most of the fun out of reading the book.

It’s the same with life. God doesn’t tell us how our lives will unfold…and really, we shouldn’t want Him to. In the same way that you don’t ride the roller-coaster for the sole purpose of getting  to the end, in life it is important to embrace the twists, turns, bumps, and climbs that come our way right now.

God has created us to enjoy life – to enjoy the journey. He is the author of our lives and one we can always trust to bring a good and satisfying ending to our story. So pull up a chair, sit back, and enjoy each and every plot twist as it comes along – He’ll make sure we live happily ever after.