The most tempting thing about reading a book is resisting the urge to sneak a peek at what comes next! Do you ever wish we could do that in life - to know for sure what will happen? God has told us the end and promises that His plans will work out for the good of those that love Him. How that will play out is a mystery. There are days I question, "But what about *this*? How could it possibly produce something beautiful? Are you really good to me?"
The questions reflect the longing of my heart - the desire for perfection now. Gretchen Saffles, author of "The Well-Watered Woman," wrote, "Our core beliefs shape our thoughts, which embody our actions. If you want to know what you truly believe, take note of the thoughts that tumble through your mind." What should we do when thoughts don't align with faith ("the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen," Heb.11:1)?
We ask God to edit. We ask Him to help us delete thoughts and beliefs that lead to hopelessness or bitterness. We ask to be set free from the lie that the present is proof of an unhappy ending. Our minds dwell, not on the unknown, but on the Known. (Phil. 4:6-8)
Some pages of life will earn treasured places in the heart. Others will make you wish they could be torn from the story completely. There are times a peek into the future might be gratifying, but true hope in the present is the result of surrender to the Author.
Just keep reading. Today is one page closer to a beautiful end where everything will be made new.