The story was making waves.
I first heard about it while I was driving in my car one morning. The fog had lifted, and I was scanning stations in rush hour until I settled on one that best fit my mood. After a couple of songs the radio DJ started talking about an athlete. I slowed down as if not to miss a beat and turned up the volume.
I was hooked – and apparently – I wasn’t the only one. People were talking about it everywhere. They each formed an opinion.
So did I.
There was one little problem.
There was one minor detail we were all missing.
The story was incomplete.
We only knew part of it. We didn’t know the other half. We never heard from the guy the story was about. We never heard the rest of the story.
It wasn’t long before I forgot about it.
But then, one evening, just as spring flowers were bursting forth, out popped this tale once again. Except this time, we heard the rest of the story.
It took time for it play out. To hear both sides. To know the reason behind the athlete’s decision. But let me tell you when I found out his stance, the opinion I once formed … well … that was tossed aside.
I had a new outlook. An entirely different perspective.
All because I knew the rest of the story.
The Rest Of The Story
Our lives are a story, too.
With each passing day, we find twists and turns, antagonists and protagonists. Every chapter births surprises – surprises that bring us happiness or heartbreak.
Difficulties often blind us from the reality that there’s more than meets the eye. So we form our own opinion. We come to our own conclusion. We make unfavorable assumptions from our misfortune – but that’s because we don’t know the rest of the story. We don’t know how it’s all going to unfold.
If only we knew.
If only you knew the rest of the story.
Because in God’s story for our lives:
Trials turn into testimonies.
Breaking points lead to breakthroughs.
Scars form beautiful stories.
There is hope written in every tale. Deliverance penned in every chapter and reassurance found with each turn of the page.
In the middle of our deepest pain, it’s hard to grasp why God would allow that to be a part of our story – but every great story is filled with tears of joy and streams of sorrow. And the greatest of stories is one of resurrection.
Jesus’ story did not end on the cross. Three days passed before some would hear the rest of the story. There was more than meets the eye.
There always is.
There always is.
It’s in those times of tears when our minds are brimming with questions, that we must consciously choose to believe the unseen. Choose to believe that the story we’re living out, isn’t the end and that somehow, someway, our Father is working it all together for our good. (Romans 8:28)
Keep Turning The Page
Every now and then I read articles about the athlete and his decision that caught the attention of many, and when I do, I’m reminded of the importance of time. The importance of waiting for life to unfold before making any assumption. Likewise, I’m reminded that God is still at work in the story of my life as He is in yours.
When we’re down, wondering how in the world life will get better, we need only look up and trust that the rest of our story has yet to be revealed.
There is something beautiful waiting for us.
And the only way to find out … keep turning the page.
“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16, NIV)
When I’m feeling hopeless, help me find my hope in You. When I’m feeling down, may I look to You to lift me up. When I fail to see the beauty in the story You’ve written for my life, open my eyes to the good that You are doing. Father, give me Your perspective.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.