Pastor's Wife, Mom, Writer & Imperfect Seeker of Jesus
August 23, 2016
I know it’s really time to do another Pastor’s Wives blog, but I want to share this first since it just happened this weekend and is fresh on my mind. Many of us feel like we’re meeting ourselves coming and going; our schedules are so cram-packed with meetings, events, activities and commitments. For me, it’s a crazy balance of working out of the house yet still trying to get all of the home projects done as well. And, unfortunately, since Reagan is now working after school, I’m back to being the Mom Taxi for Chloe and her school/sports activities.
For almost all of my life, I’ve always liked to have the TV on in the background when I’m home working on a project like cleaning, ironing, canning/freezing or cooking. But since it’s hard to really watch something new while you’re moving all around, I tend to “watch” the same shows over and over again. That way I can keep working, but by listening to a familiar show, I keep my mind active creating the images of the show in my head. In fact, since Law & Order: SVU began 17 years ago, they have made 389 episodes. Typically, I can tell you the entire plot of any episode in the first 60 seconds. Sad, I know.
But I DO love to actually sit and enjoy watching something new. So this past Saturday night, I made some yummy buttered popcorn and curled up in bed to watch a movie. We just changed satellite companies, so we are in the middle of the three months of free movie channels, and I have been diligently recording ones I would like to see.
Saturday night I picked a movie that was the final one to a series of movies. I had seen all of the others, but not this one yet. So I was excited to FINALLY have this relaxing, chill-out time.
Not long after the movie started, Ryan came into the bedroom and asked why I was watching that movie in particular. I told him that I had seen all of the others, but hadn’t seen this one yet. I vaguely remembered the movie trailer that had been on TV a couple years ago, and I asked him a simple question from the trailer since I knew he had already seen the movie.
Hold on to your seat—here was his answer:
“I don’t know, but (pointing to one of the main characters from the entire series) she dies.”
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Did he really just spoil the first new movie I have sat down to watch in months? Did he just reveal a main part of the plot to me in the first 5 minutes? This did NOT just happen.
Seeing that my head was about to spin around my neck in beautiful exorcism-style, he quietly attempted a, “Or maybe not. I don’t really remember now.”
We don’t like the endings spoiled, do we? Books, movies, ballgames. We want to EXPERIENCE the process from beginning to end.
But there IS one ending that I am so glad HAS been spoiled. It’s the FINAL ending of all time.
Let’s be honest, life on this earth is sometimes just plain HARD. It can be easy to feel depressed, frustrated or hopeless in the DAILY battles we face, let alone facing those huge unexpected mountains we encounter along life’s journey. It’s almost too much for a little set of shoulders to bear.
A great friend of mine has this wooden plaque that reads: Not to spoil the ending, but everything is going to be okay. Jesus said it this way: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT)
EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OKAY!! Because this is NOT our forever home. Can I get an Amen? The apostle John shared the vision with us:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, ‘Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.’” (Revelation 21:1-4 NLT)
Life on this earth may not always look like what we want or hope it to be. Hurt and hard times are going to come our way, but everything IS going to be okay.
When bills are impossible to pay…everything is going to be okay.
When the doctor’s words shake your world…everything is going to be okay.
When you’ve been betrayed…everything is going to be okay.
When the loss of a loved one physically hurts…everything is going to be okay.
When you’re lonely…everything is going to be okay.
When you feel like you’ve run out of options…everything is going to be okay.
When you can’t imagine that anything will be okay again…everything is going to be okay.
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12 NIV)
This is one ending that I’m happy to spoil for you!