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Cliffhanger

Do you ever feel like your life is a cliffhanger?

I remember when TV dramas always resolved the conflict in an hour. Each week we could watch the clock and know exactly when the hero was about to make his move and come from behind. But occasionally, we realized fifty minutes into the show that the story cannot possibly end in ten minutes, and in the pre-DVR era, we dreaded the words: TO BE CONTINUED.

It’s easy to feel like our life is a to-be-continued story in which we have no idea how it’s going to end. But God penned the story of our life from start to finish, and as the author, He knows the storyline. In other words, He knows how our story is going to end. Acts 17:28 says that “For in him we live and move and have our being.”

But in the beginning, it almost seemed as if the Writer allowed the story to get a little out of His control? He set forth a very clear system of rules that the characters in this story should follow, but interestingly, He never forced them to follow them. He allowed the plots to develop. Over and over, the Writer offered His expert guidance to the cast. He sent spokespeople to remind them of the best way to perform each scene, yet each character believed in his own mind, that he knew better than the Writer how the story should be written. As a result, “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).

The characters keep getting deeper into trouble. For a while, they would have a change of heart and listen to the Writer’s instructions, but each time, they regressed. They knew they needed the Writer’s direction, but the harder they tried to act according to His rules, the more hopeless their stories become. It doesn’t appear that this story is going to end well for our cast.

But, in all the chaos surrounding the characters who have lost their way, the Writer’s plot is slowly unfolding…though not as fast as a one hour drama. The Writer intervened. He wrote himself into the plot—not as an obvious hero— but as a teeny tiny baby born to an unknown actor playing a nondescript role, and this baby would become the main character, and this main character would restore hope to all mankind.

The turning point in that story was the very first Christmas, when God entered into His story.

For everyone who believes in the miracle of Christmas, their plot is changed forever. I’m not sure what the cliffhanger is in your life or how desperate your story feels. When you’re living a scary story, it’s easy to forget that our Writer has already written the last chapter. Because of Christmas—and ultimately because of Easter—we know how our storyline is going to end.

It will end well!

Andy Knight

About the Author

Andy is the user interface designer for YouVersion, the Bible App. He has a passion for sharing God's story of grace and freedom through the internet. Andy lives in Roswell, GA, with his wife and three sons. You can follow him on Twitter at @andyknight.