I love movies, and fall more in love with them as I get older and see more of them. And the ending is often my favorite part. It is so critical to the story. It can make or break the rest of it. I’ve seen movies that have me thinking “meh” for 2 hours, and then suddenly bring it all together at the end. And then I have to watch the movie 37 more times and I still don’t get tired of it. Other movies have me engaged all throughout, only to shatter my fascination in the final moments. I’m left feeling angry that I just wasted those hours of my life.
When I was in college, someone told me the ending of the movie The Sixth Sense before I had seen it. And right now, I suspect that most of you who have seen the movie have your mouth gaping open indignantly. “Who would do such a thing?” Who would, indeed.
Endings are sacred. They should never be told. Only experienced. You’ve been on this journey through the lives depicted on screen, and at the end, you feel their resolution or surprise or satisfaction right along with them.
I don’t think it’s only movies, either. Books are another great example. But really, the ending for any story being told is clutch.
Including our lives. So many people have followed my story since Stephanie ended up in the hospital and died soon after, but truly we all have a story that’s being told through our lives. Personally, I can’t wait to see the ending to my story. It’s going to make the whole rest of this journey so much sweeter and that much better. And I’m expecting some pretty great things, to be honest.
And still there’s more: God’s story. I can hear someone saying, “but we already know the ending to that one.” In a manner of speaking, that’s very true. Be we also know that Romeo and Juliet don’t make it to the end, and yet it’s in the details that we’re captivated. And there are a lot of details we don’t know yet. God is going to show how awesome He really is through that ending. And that’s an ending I’m glad no one can spoil for me.
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Great stuff Brad
I was afraid you were going to tell us that this was the end of your story and you wouldn’t be blogging anymore. I’m glad that is not the case. I still check here to see how you and the kids are doing since Stephanie’s passing. Thanks for continuing to share your story with us!
(I’m a mom from her online mommy group)
I stumbled upon your blog by coincidence. I’ve spent some time reading through past entries. Your story has touched my heart. I’m not a widower, so I can’t say I fully understand the path you’re walking, but I can relate to heartache. And you are so right–the ending of our stories is the clutch. I have been through the heartache of infidelity and divorce. I’ve been at rock bottom, and I know that God will give the pain a purpose and bring beauty to the ashes. I know that because God is awesome, and He does have a plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11), and He is able to do immeasurably more (Ephesians 3:20). Thank you for sharing your story! Many blessings to you and your sweet family!