The Perfect Ending
We’ve all seen those movies with the perfect ending—the ones where the timing is so amazing; we think it can only happen on the big screen. Those things don’t happen in real life, or do they? I saw a perfect ending just the other day, and the timing could have only come from God. No Hollywood script writer could have done a better job.
Our son was driving a moving truck back from Oregon. The trip takes many hours, and unbeknownst to him, he even had to stop at the truck scales along the way. He told his kids that he would be back by the time they got out of school. I wondered if he would make it, knowing the many hours he would be on the road. The time came for school to be out, and still no sign of dad. I walked out our back gate waiting for his oldest daughter, Kylie, to come through the gate down the way that leads to her school. As I stood there, I heard a horn honk, and turned to see my son pulling in with the rental truck. I knew he was there, but Kylie did not. When she came through the gate at the end of the road, I could tell by her walk that she was saddened...daddy had not made it in time to meet her on her way. She lumbered, slowly, dejected, and then!!!—she brightened as she saw her daddy walking towards her down the other end of the road. I turned and saw him, too. It had taken him just a bit to park the truck, but the timing was amazing! After all the long hours on the road, and all the stops needed to be made along the way, God brought him back at just the right moment. Kylie took off running, dropped her backpack with me, and continued on down the road to hug her daddy. He was home, and it was the perfect ending, just like we would see in a Hollywood script, only this story was written out by a perfect God.
The prophet, Habakkuk, sings a great prayer in Chapter Three of his book. He is filled with awe by the amazing things the Lord has done. He is looking for God’s mercy, asking the Lord to begin again to help them, to show His power to save them. Habakkuk was praying out of deep need. How many of us have been there? Probably most, if not all, of us. Habakkuk talked of no grapes on the vine, olive crops failing, and cattle barns being empty. But he had seen the faithfulness of His God, and so he prayed...and waited quietly, being joyful in the God of our salvation. (Habakkuk 3:16,18 NLT)
Sometimes we don’t have to go farther then out our back gate when we are Searching And Noticing the Divine in our day. As long as we are looking for God in the details of our lives, we WILL see Him. He is always there. Does that mean that every story will have a perfect Hollywood ending? Of course not, but there will always be our perfect God in Heaven overseeing it all. Whatever the ending is, it will be for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.
Habakkuk 3:19 (NLT)