Written By: Chris Mace
A photos captures a second and holds it still forever. It is a glimpse of an unfinished story without words or plot. The “because”, the “why” are left to our imagination.
In contrast, we live through vanishing seconds while searching for the plot of our incomplete but developing stories. From these fragmented experiences, we compose a picture of who we think we are, or who we want to be, or who we display ourselves to be. All the while we hide our brokenness behind the pages of our own making…our good deeds, our brilliance, our beauty, our status, our resources, our morality, our smiles.
Jesus entered time to help us grasp the true, glorious plot into which God wrote us at creation. We marred the story and our characters by attempting to control the narrative because we did not trust the Author’s intentions. Jesus helps us understand and deal with those realities, the ” why’s” and the seriousness of our brokenness and our need for redemption and restoration.
He is the Truth teller (John 18:37), the Seeker of the lost (Luke 19:10), the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), the Savior of mankind (1Tim 4:10), the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls (1Peter 2:25), and the Author and Finisher of faith (Hebrews 5:9). He is the Alpha and Omega who knows the beginnings and the endings. He redirects the script and completes our stories with the best possible never-ending when we trust him to do so.
The Psalmist expressed it this way: “Goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives,” and then we will “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23)