I have always loved fairytales.
I mean who doesn’t love a good story that includes princesses, knights in shining armor, drama, and a good old fashioned, “Happily ever after”?
And I think it’s safe to say that, from the time we were little children, we’ve known how every fairytale begins.
Once upon a time…
After all, the great Disney classics start this way. It signals the beginning of a new story, something new and great and mysterious.
But maybe why this part of the story is so memorable is that it is, in a way, predictable.
“Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess...”
Predictable and easy, right?
It’s the beginning of the story, but it’s the easy part that most people already know and understand.
But the middle and the ending--the future—of the story? Well, that part seems just a little bit scarier. Reminds me a little bit of life too. Because when I’m living in the middle of my story? That’s the part I don’t know yet. The “happily ever after,” hasn’t come yet and I’m sometimes not sure if it ever will.
Maybe that’s why I love the “once upon a time” so much. It’s certain.
But real life? The reality of the story?
It’s not so certain.
Life can change as quickly as you can blink your eyes. A phone call from the doctor with your test results. A knock on your door from an unexpected visitor. An overdue payment letter in the mail. These things can disrupt your happy “once upon a time” as quickly as they can affect your “happily ever after.” They are the unexpected that flip your normal upside down.
And when that happens?
We wonder where to turn. Where can we go that will be safe and certain through the midst of all the messy middle parts of our story?
One of my favorite Bible verses from Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV) says this:
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
I find comfort in this. When my future is changing and uncertain, I can know that the One holding my future isn’t changing. He is staying the same. His heart towards me is staying the same. His love for me is staying the same. And His plan for my life is most definitely staying the same.
Maybe it won’t look like what I wanted. Maybe it won’t be what I prayed for.
But it will be good.
Because every story He writes is good. Not easy, but good. Because He is good. It will be better than the grandest fairytale you’ve ever read. Sweeter than the happiest of ever after’s.
Dear one, when life feels upside down and uncertain, know that you can trust the One who wrote, “Once upon a time,” into your story, and believe that He is bringing you to your “Happily ever after” with Him.
Trust your Author.