Friday nights are movie night in our house. It’s our way of unwinding from the hectic week and settling into the weekend. Not too long ago, we watched the Harry Potter series as my daughter finished each book. She’s an avid reader who reads for detail, often reading through each book two to three times. She knew every detail of this story prior to watching the movie.
There is a scene where the three main characters are on a journey to destroy the power of the story’s villain. One character, Ron, misunderstands the intentions of the other two and leaves the group in anger. The female character is left distraught in tears. My youngest daughter then shouts at the television, “Stop crying! He comes back!” I replied to my daughter, “You know this because you have read the book and you know how the story ends. She doesn’t know that yet.” That’s when it hit me.
We know what we study.
My daughter had read the book word for word and studied it well. She was not worried when Ron left the group because she knew it was part of the author’s plan and he would return at just the right time to save the main character. I had been struggling with a Ron of my own sorts after a misunderstanding, wondering when there would be reconciliation. That’s when God spoke directly to my heart saying, “Trust me, I know how this story ends. Remember, I wrote the book.”
Knowing our author is our key to peace.
God is the author of all our stories. He knows every detail and is not surprised by any circumstance, trial, or tragedy. We may shed tears and battle emotions in the unknown but trusting the author is key. Despite how our situation looks or feels, we can find comfort in the character of God revealed in His Word to bring peace to our unpleasant chapters.
Just as my daughter was not worried about the outcome of the movie because she had studied the book thoroughly and knew how it ended, so can we. By reading the Bible and understanding the character of God, we can rest in His attributes knowing the author is good. Regardless of plot twists, we know our story ultimately has a good ending with Christ as our Savior. No matter what, we must trust the author knowing God is in control and He is good.