Don’t we all love happy endings? Isn’t that what makes fairytale stories so heartwarming and appealing? Everyone wants to see the villain defeated at the end and the hero win. Everyone likes when good triumphs over bad. Wouldn’t it be great if this was a given in our everyday life? If we could go through our day knowing it will end well?
Imagine the new lease on life you would have if you knew for a fact that there was light at the end of the tunnel. That the current tough times you are undergoing will end and it will turn out just fine eventually. While fairytale differs greatly from reality, happy endings don’t have to be a myth after all.
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)
This morning I read this verse from the bible and at first, I was stuck on the phrase “after you have suffered a little while”. I wondered why the suffering was even necessary in the beginning, as the pain we see all around humanity sometimes can be very disheartening. It’s everywhere you turn.
At the flick on of the TV, the news blazes on with tales of conflict, hatred, and injustice. You hear the pain in the voice of the man who chats with you at the restaurant. You see it in the eyes of the child that waves at you at the park. The pain and injustice that has risen from greed and indifference in our world. So what exactly is the point of all these suffering? And to what end?
But as I continued to ponder on the first phrase, my eyes settle slowly on to the second part of the verse: “… the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10 (ESV). Now that’s very reassuring.
First of all, God’s grace will be there through the harsh realities we face and he will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you. That’s sound way better than the endings of a fairytale. It’s going to be just fine, eventually.
So in the meantime, keep the faith and hope in the dreams of tomorrow as you work out your today. Allow the grace of God to restore your joy, let him confirm his promises to you, see him strengthen your feeble heart and establish your feet firmly on the paths you decide to walk through. You’ll be just fine, eventually.