by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Are you one of those who like to know the end of a story before you finish the book?
Or do you wait for the story to unfold and enjoy the journey?
I am of the first group. Pilot is of the second.
I like to know what is going to happen. Pilot is content to see what happens.
Maybe it’s a control issue on my part. Maybe it’s wanting to make sure the book is worth the investment of my time. Maybe it’s to make sure there are no dead dogs.
The first time I realized you didn’t have to read a book sequentially all the way to the end, that you could jump around and read the pages out of order, I was in 4th grade. I was stunned to hear one of my friends tell our teacher he read the ending of A Wrinkle in Time without reading the whole book. Horrors! What was he thinking?
Then I started doing the same thing. If a story piqued my interest and I couldn’t stand to know how the book ended, which was pretty often, I’d jump to the last couple chapters. Satisfied the book ended the way I wanted it to, I’d get back to reading the whole thing from where I left off.
Do you think that could be why today we have the entire Scripture written in one complete manuscript? So we can jump to the end of the book and see how it all ends?
A friend of mine used to say, “I know how the Story ends. Christ wins.”
What a comfort. We know how the story ends. Jesus Christ is the Victor, Conqueror, Mighty Warrior, King of kings and Lord of lords, and he invites us to be part of his story; part of his victory.
We don’t need to fret with whether the Author of the story gives us a satisfying ending or not. He definitely does. We don’t need to wonder if the journey is worth the investment of our time, either. Because it definitely is. And because of that, we can get back to where we left off and lead our lives triumphantly straight through to the end.
So which one are you? Read straight through, or jump to the end of the book?
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Then he showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal as it flowed from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of the street of the city and on either bank of the river grew the tree of life, bearing twelve fruits, a different kind for each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Nothing that has cursed mankind shall exist any longer; the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be within the city. His servants shall worship him; they shall see his face, and his name will be upon their foreheads. Night shall be no more; they have no more need for either lamplight or sunlight, for the Lord God will shed his light upon them and they shall reign as kings for timeless ages. Revelation 22:1-5 (Phillips)
I wish you well.
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