I remember years ago watching a movie with my mother. I don’t remember the name of the movie or even what it was about. I just remember that the ending wasn’t all tidy with all the questions answers. It left you to wonder and draw your own conclusions. She said she didn’t like movies like that. She wanted a definite, conclusive answer and ending to the issues that occurred during the movie.
Most of us probably do prefer tidy endings in our movies and in our real life. But real life doesn’t work that way. We don’t always get happy endings, all the questions answered, or all the broken things fixed. At least not the way depicted in movies. But what we can get is so much better! We can get healing and comfort for all the unfixed broken things. Our happy ending may not be the one we desired, but when we place our trust in God, it will be better than what our human understanding wanted. And it will be eternal! We don’t have to have all the answers, we just have to trust in the One who does.
Why can’t we just have everything work out nice and pleasant to start with? Sin and disobedience is the easy and quick answer to that. Most of the unhappy endings in our life came about as a result of our decisions. Sometimes it is a result of the decision someone close to us makes. Sometimes, though, rain just comes into our lives. I can’t explain why that happens. I can tell you that if regardless of the reasons, if you’ve placed your faith in Christ, you have all you need for those rainy seasons of life. We often get so busy with our lives doing all the good and right things like caring for our families, excelling in our careers, being involved in our churches and ministries, that we forget that it’s all about a RELATIONSHIP. We can’t have a successful relationship without investing time and effort. Without those empty broken places, we all face at times, would some of us even remember we need Him?
At this time of the year, I think of how important it is to make sure we have left room for Him in our hearts and our lives.
King James Version
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.