Do You Know How Your Story Ends?

We are just weeks past the terror of hurricanes and storm surges, earthquakes that pummeled and islands feeling abandoned.

Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been

And then sorrow struck again.  Monday morning exceeded all expectations as we were overwhelmed by loss of life and a threat we couldn’t comprehend.

Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin

At work I hear colleagues talking about end times and in my heart and in my mind I find myself thinking “Come, Lord Jesus, come.”  Selfishly, I find myself championing His return – for the sake of my babies that they might not know the reality of our broken world, for the sake of my heart that aches from it all.  You see, I don’t know what the exact end of my story is but I know I’m going to finish well. I know that I can march toward an unknown future filled with a very known hope. #HowDoesYourStoryEnd Click To Tweet Each day I am able to rise with the morning confident in who my hope is in.  I am confident in my knowledge and vision of my Lord and what He has done to bring me back to life.  My story is one of redemption and in this moment I know that my hope is in God.  I know that my story ends where the story of Jesus begins.

Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

But there is a check in my spirit.

“What about the others? What about their story?”

What about those that don’t know the possibility of their own redemption story?  I find myself thinking of those who don’t know the character of God and have so far missed the beauty of what Jesus has done for us.

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame

There are too many without hope.  Too many that are searching for both an explanation, and absolution from everyone but the One.  Are you searching for answers and absolution from everyone but the One? #HowDoesYourStoryEnd Click To TweetToday there is an entire country looking for an answer beyond raging waters and merciless gunmen.  There is a country of people wondering  if it’s just too late, if things have gone too far and if anyone even cares.

All who are broken
Lift up your face

It’s not enough that I know how my story ends.  The question is do you know how your story ends?  Do you know the Father, the King of Grace and His Son, our Prince of Peace?   Did you know that there is a love for you so great that Jesus sacrificed his life on a cross that you might have hope?

No?

Then let me tell you the story of a Jesus that died to bring you back to life, to restore your hope, to redeem  you.  You, who believe yourself unworthy, who think that this man named Jesus has no time for a sinner like you – there is a new identity waiting for you.  You my friend, were bought with a ransom of blood.  You my friend, are a beautiful and radiant child of the King and your story can end well.

Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t cure.

Crowder, “Come As You Are”

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 NIV

 

12 thoughts on “Do You Know How Your Story Ends?

  1. Julia, so sorry I didn’t get over here yesterday. I love the hope you post conveys. Our God is truly an amazing God. This line: “I know that my story ends where the story of Jesus begins.” Just beautiful.

    I’m your neighbor over at Holley Gerth’s place.

  2. Good morning, Julia, thank you for writing for those who don’t know Him or His power. I can relate to the selfish anticipation of His return. In the meantime, let’s support each other in unwavering faith. Blessings, Julie, visiting from five minute friday

  3. Beautifully written post that tells of the promise of our Redemption and the hope for those who are still seeking that Jesus can redeem them as well.

    Thanks for sharing this very encouraging post!

    Blessings,

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