"Happily Ever After?"

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By: Katie Rath


Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV)

“Once upon a time…” are the four famous words that start almost all fairy tales. When you were a child and you heard that beginning, you knew you were about to hear a story filled with mystery, rescue and intrigue. You would hear about heroes and heroines, knights on horses, far away lands and talking animals. You would be introduced to the characters, and then those characters would get into trouble. But you also knew at the end of that story, you would hear the three most important words ever uttered in a fairy tale, “Happily ever after.” If a fairy tale ends without those three words, we often doubt the credibility of it!

So often we think our lives as Christians should be like fairy tales – smooth sailing and trouble free. However, when troubling times stir the waters, it’s easy to question whether or not God has good things planned for us. When we can’t see how things will end, how can we be sure we will live happily ever after?

When life gets hard, we may be tempted to blame God for ignoring us or not answering our prayers the way we want. And when we find ourselves in dark places, we may rationalize that we will be stuck there forever, or that God wants us to be unhappy. It’s true, the life of a Christian isn’t easy; we are told in Scripture that we will be persecuted and face trials of many kinds. But in the same breath God tells us that we will never be alone, and He guarantees that He is working things out in our favor. John 16:33 says, “…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (NIV).

Old Testament stories of Noah, Moses, Joseph, Esther, and Ruth lay out fairy tales filled with heroes in trouble and outrageous happenings, but those men and women, when they felt abandoned by God, no doubt also considered whether they would get their happy endings. We see in their lives that God worked everything out for their good.

God does desire for us to get our “happily ever afters,” but that promise does not indicate we will have lives of perfection. During your next life battle, consider letting God author the entire story of your life, including the hard bits, and lead you to a happy ending. He is your “happily ever after.”

Prayer:

God, thank You so much for Your promises. We know that if we commit our stories to You, You will walk with us step by step through all of life’s storms. When we get discouraged or feel let down, help us to remember that You are on our side, and You do, indeed, want the very best for us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Resources:
Holding His Hand by Beka Dewitt


Think About It:

What is a specific time I felt like I wasn’t going to get my happy ending?

How can I refocus when I am sad about my circumstances?

Live It:

You can instantly turn your life into fairy tale! Here’s how: pick any troubling event in your life (even if it’s an embarrassing moment or something silly), and write it in the middle of a piece of paper. Above your story, write “Once upon a time,” and below the story write “and I lived happily ever after.” Allow that story to act as a reminder that, even when things get messed up, things will be okay in the end.

Power Verses:


Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, said the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (AKJV)

Romans 8:18, “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.” (NLT)

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