Recently I was able to introduce my girls to one of my favorite things in the world – Hallmark movies! What is it about the sappy love stories, predictable story lines, and often cheesy dialogue that draws us in and makes us collectively say, “Ahhhhh”? I recorded no less than fifteen movies over the last couple months so we could watch and re-watch them!
The first night I put one on for the girls, it was almost as much fun to watch them interact with the movie as it was to be entertained by it. It was one of those movies where the girl and the guy kept hinting that they liked each other but no one was brave enough to make the first move. Then when it looked like they were finally going to figure it all out, someone else would enter the picture and mess it all up! I watched as all three of my girls jumped off the couch, and yelled at the screen, “Noo! Just tell her! Tell her now!” Another was near tears saying, “Don’t walk away from her! This better work out!”
At one point I wanted to yell, “YOU GUYS! RELAX! I know how it ends! It’s good, I promise. Just hang on and let it play out.” I could have told them how it ended (because, let’s face it, I had already seen it twice), but I didn’t want to ruin the journey for them. They needed to experience the ups and downs. They needed to feel for the characters and rejoice in their happiness.
I imagine our precious Savior doing the same. I’m sure there are times He wants to yell, “YOU GUYS! RELAX! I KNOW HOW IT ENDS! It’s good, I promise. Just let it all play out.” He won’t spoil the ending because He doesn’t want to rob us of the journey. I think it’s easy to lose sight of eternity when the world bogs you down. But it’s going to be good. He promises. In fact, the promise of eternity is mentioned 54 times in the Bible.
“So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
2 Corinthians 4:18