I once gave a friend a plaque for the wall. It reads; “In the end everything will be okay. If it’s not okay it’s not the end.”
And that for me is the crux of our faith. As we live in the between-time with hope and assurance, that in the end it will be okay.
As an avid Duke basketball fan, if there is a game being played, I most often am watching or at least checking in on the score. There are those occasions though when I simply cannot watch the game. Luckily, technology is my friend and I can record the game. When later I go back to watch the game, I notice that I can watch with a calmness and assurance that live games do not provide. I know that it will all end well. I can enjoy those baskets, even the missed ones, because I know that Duke will prevail. In the end, it will be okay. By the way, in case you are wondering, if by some occasion of fate Duke does not win, well, why would I watch that!
That calm assurance though, knowing the hope of the outcome, is where our faith leads us. We live by that faith. We live in the assurance that our God who created this world and all that is within it is working out God’s purpose. There are those hyacon times of joy and well being when it is easy to see God at work as a rainbow fills the sky following a storm, or at the birth of a child. Sometimes we struggle though when life is difficult. When we struggle with questions that cause us to ask,” How could God allow this to happen?” – Those are the times that turn us back to our faith. We walk by faith the hymn tells us. We walk when we don’t know the outcome trusting in divine providence and divine presence. It is not the end but instead, it is the in-between time: the time that we hold to those glimmers of hope, that light of hope and trust that God is leading us toward God’s promised kingdom.
In halcyon days, speak of God’s glory. In more dim times, remember and hold fast knowing in your bones that God is working out God’s purpose and that the end is not ours to grasp.
The Rev. Sarah Nelson