Do you sense an unfinished story between the way things are and the way they should be in your own life? Do you feel that a crucial page has been suddenly and unfairly ripped away from your story? Even if we finish another chapter, our life stories will still go unfinished.
The story of an unfinished life rings true of the struggle we face daily. It puts its finger upon the emotional tug-of-war I am engaged in. Yes, there is hope, but its reality is seen on the far horizon. Hope’s coming promise slowly unfolds with each passing day.
I often sense this unfinished story most with the people I love. How I want to empower them to be all that God has made them to be. But the truth is, I too am a broken human being living in a broken world, ministering— as best as I can—within my broken circumstances. I need to learn to let go and trust that God will finish their stories as well as mine.
Why? Because God also sees our unfinished lives and the way they should be. He actively chose to be the solution, by sending Jesus into the world, not just to fix our lives, but to be with us, to give us a hopeful future, and to live in and through us by the power of his Spirit.
Being made aware of our unfinished stories, we can celebrate life with so much hope. Why do I say this? As we experience the unending struggle, we can better understand just how great the gift of God is by being present to transform us—right there in the midst of our messy relationships.