The Power of Knowing
A few weeks back my husband & I went to see the premiere of Avengers in IMAX3D. Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil the movie for you, but I will say that I loved the movie! – except for the whole “I am, I am” part, but I won’t get into that here – While we were sitting their watching the movie I couldn’t help but fret & stress. I hate not know what is going to happen. I just can’t enjoy a movie unless I know all of it’s twists & turns.
It’s the same with books. Yes. I am one of those people that flips to the back. I like to read the last sentence, sometimes the last page, & occasionally skim the last chapter before I finish or even start the book. While some people prefer the opening sentence, I judge the book by it’s last sentence. Because if I don’t already know what is going to happen I race through the book, often times missing things because I am so focused on what is going to happen next. Which often means I will binge read a book in a day or a series in a week. Which explains why my husband hides books & my parents often grounded me from read. But the point is I have to know.
This probably explains why my favorite book to read at christmas time is Pride & Prejudice. It’s the end of one chapter & the beginning of a new one & I like to have something reliable by my side, something I know will have a happy ending.
Although, if I am being completely honest, no matter how many times I read the book or watch in variation of the movie I am always worried that Jane & Darcy won’t end up together. It’s a terrible worry. I know what is going to happen, but even still by the time I am two/thirds through the book I find myself racing to the end. I worry that if I put down the book they will never be together. I know. I am crazy.
But during the middle of the action packed movie (yes, we’ve gone from Avengers to P&P & now back to Avengers – I can do that) I couldn’t help but wonder, what is wrong with me? Why must I always know?
The truth is that the life I am creating for myself & my family is so unsteady. It’s so shaky. And at any moment, & without warning, everything can come collapsing down upon me, & there is nothing I can do about it.
However, as I was sitting their watching the Avengers trying to figure out how they were going to save the day I realized that I don’t have to. I don’t need to try to rescue someone or save the day, because Someone has already rescued me & you & has saved me for eternity.
Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
1 John 3:22
All I need to do is follow His word, His 10 commandments, & His plan for my life & He will do the rest.
Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
One of the best parts about being a Christian is that we don’t have to worry about the future because we already know the last line of the book.
My son, eat honey because it is good,
And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste;
So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul;
If you have found it, there is a prospect,
And your hope will not be cut off.
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatchthem out of My Father’s hand.
Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
With love, G
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