Do you have a favorite book or movie? Do you enjoy reading or watching it over and over again? I do. There is a unique kind of contentment in knowing that certain familiar scenes we love are approaching. We know that no matter how difficult the situation may become for the character, there is that beautiful, satisfying scene on its way.
The other day, I was musing about how our heavenly Father, since the beginning of time (Isaiah 46:10) has known what happens to all of us from our conception to our reunion with Him. That may sound depressing or fatalistic, but really it’s quite comforting. He knows our days (Psalm 139:16)—every single one of them. Before we were born, He knew us (Jeremiah 1:5).
No matter what happens in our lives—wonderful or tragic—He already saw each and every event. And somehow, in His omnipotent and omniscient way, it all has purpose.
This means when something transpires in my life that seems to come out of nowhere, and throws me for a spiritual or physical loop, I am confident that my Abba knew it would happen all along. In other words, He is not in heaven, wringing His hands and fretting that He let something bad slip through His fingers. That’s reassuring, don’t you think?
Then there’s the good stuff that happens in our lives. He knows about those, too. He saw those times as well, from the beginning. Think of one of the happiest days of our life, He chose that day for us—and oh, how He took pleasure in it.
So, that got me to thinking—as so often happens with writers— about some “what ifs?”
What if while the Children of Israel were crossing the Red Sea on dry land, God was thinking, “You know this reminds me of the time when I will rescue Terri from drowning.”
What if while David danced before the Lord with all his might, He would look forward with delight in my dancing before Him all by myself?
What if, right now, He eagerly anticipates the fulfillment of a blessing He has prepared for us since the beginning of time?
Sound silly? Maybe. But, doesn’t God truly know the number of hairs on our head (Matt. 10:30)? Doesn’t He count and value each of our tears (Psalm 56:8)?
Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2). We are His stories. That also means our story—our testimony—will be “read” or “watched” by those around us. It’s an important thing to remember, especially in difficult times. For them, our story can challenge, edify, and teach. Ultimately, we want our story to point to our Author—the Finisher of our faith.
Today, as we reread the scenes of the saints of the Bible, and meditate on our loving Abba, why not imagine Him in joyful anticipation of our scenes of “glory” or “joy”. I wonder, does He like replaying them, too?
Terri Gillespie is the author of The Hair Maven series, modern day Ruth and Naomi stories set in a hair salon. She loves connecting with readers on Facebook and Twitter @TerriGMavens or on her website www.terrigillespie.com