Why do we get so scared during a scary movie? We close our eyes and cling closely to the most secure and masculine thing around us. Weather it's our spouse, boyfriend, or just the closest pillow; we cling to what's near just waiting for the moment to be over so we can move on to the happy ending.
In the moment of the car chase or fight scene we are hoping that the good guy gets away and the bad guy is put to an end. Even though I pretend to love the excitement of the scary movies (especially in front of the boys) I always close my eyes and wait until the tense scene is over and the conflict moves toward resolution. But in the film industry, those tense movements make the happy endings that much more beautiful.
In my life right now I feel like I just want to close my eyes and open them again when the conflict is being resolved, when the tough decisions have been made, and when the happy ending is in sight. But that is what faith is all about. Trusting God with our eyes wide open knowing that the happy ending is on it's way.
“The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows them that trust in him.” – Nahum 1:7
It says he is there is the day of trouble. The times when things are unsure and scary. When we want to close our eyes and cling to our spouses' arm or that comfy pillow. When there are decisions to be made and paths to choose, I want to embrace the scary moments with eyes wide open. Face the car chases, and fight scenes so that the happy ending and resolution is that much more enjoyable and I can look back and know that God brought me through.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.” – Psalms 46:1-3
“he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” – Matthew 24:13