It was a great afternoon. My friend Biggie and I were driving back from playing some volleyball with friends. While in the car, we started talking about some of the shows we've been watching lately. I told him that I had just finished "The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" on Netflix. Before I could even finish my sentence, he grabbed my arm and shouted,
"NO SPOILERS BRO!! I JUST STARTED IT!"
I couldn't help but laugh and respond, "you do know that the story is a part of public history, right?!"
Regardless of whether the tale is made-up or historical fact, we are FASCINATED by the suspense of a story. We LIVE for it. I'm not proud to admit this, but I am, in fact, a Netflix binger.
I can't simply start a show and wait for the next day to find out what happens. No... I am going to watch into the wee hours of the night until I have gone through 8 hour-long episodes and am unable to function for the next day.
You might be like me and binge watch shows; we're not ashamed! However, the worst possible thing to happen is to be in the middle of a show and have someone ruin the ending.
Have you ever had it happen to you? I mean, some self-centered, disregarding idiot just posts all the details of your show on Facebook and deflates ALL of the suspense.
Those people should be locked up.
That's why we post things like, "NO SPOILERS" and shout things like "DON'T TELL ME."
We savor the suspense.
Isn't it funny, that we love the suspense of someone else's story, yet when it comes to our own, we demand to have all the answers now?
When it comes to TV, we LIVE for the twists and turns.
We love the drama. A story isn't worth watching WITHOUT suspense!
We want to feel, cry, laugh and run out of the room screaming because that person was killed off WAY before we though they would.
I mean, think about it. We (ok, not everyone...) love rollercoasters because of the unknown. We'll literally trust a teenage boy running a multi-million dollar, metal machine with our LIVES, just to experience the thrill of letting go of control.
But the moment something happens to us in real life that takes an unexpected turn, we don't just ask for the spoiler - we DEMAND it!
I wonder why we love the thrill of someone else's suspense,
but would rather spoil our own.
I think the reason we are so worried, anxious and fearful of the unexpected twists and turns that our lives take is because we still don't believe that the one writing the story has thought out the ending.
I mean, with a show, we know that the show is going to come to an end. There will be a conclusion. Now - it may not be the one we want, but at least it's not happening to us. We can sit back and enjoy someone else's story without it having to affect us in any way.
So when it comes to our own suspense, we begin to wonder - is everything going to be OK? Are we going to end up like the hero of the story?
Or are we going to be killed off after the second episode...
I want to encourage you today. The writer of your story knows the end from the beginning. And this is what He has to say about His writing process:
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
This isn't just a promise from God to Israel, in fact, the New Testament says:
"No matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through Him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God."
2 Corinthians 1:20
Our life is literally the "amen" to God's "YES" over us. Once we begin to realize, and ACTUALLY BELIEVE that our Heavenly Father loves us more than we could ever imagine, that He plans GOODNESS for us and not evil...
...the twists and turns, even the painful ones, no longer become negatives.
They become the suspense that makes our story GREAT.
My prayer for you today is that you would know that God is writing your story. He knows every moment and every thought that has, is happening and will ever happen in your life.
Even though you might be in suspense right now, and even though you may not know what the future holds...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jared Ellis was called into ministry at the age of 16 years old, after being delivered out of a life of darkness, depression and depravity. He has traveled all over the world, preaching the good news of Jesus Christ and has worked with some of the leading churches in the nation such as Bethel Church and Elevation Church. He also pastored in Abilene, Texas and grew a youth ministry of 12 students to over 300 - signs, wonders and miracles taking place each week. Jared is the author of "Yes: Simple Response | Radical Results." He travels full-time as an Evangelist, preaching at churches, conferences and events. He is also the GE Coordinator at Christ For The Nations Institute where he teaches and trains Youth Pastors and works as a church consultant. While at home in Dallas, TX, he serves as a worship leader at Trinity Church.