Happily Ever After?

“Every person’s life is a fairytale written by God’s fingers.”                                                                                            — Hans Christian Anderson (1805-1875)

If that’s true, where’s my happily ending?

Happily ever after, even in fairy tales, didn’t mean “trouble never after”. It just meant the characters found a joy more powerful than trouble. “I  have learned the secret of being happy at all times. If I am full of food and have all I need, I am happy. If I am hungry and need more, I am happy.” Philippians 4:12 (NLV) The kind of joy that defies circumstance can only come from God. (Philippians 4:4-7)

So, maybe we’ve accepted that, even embraced it. Saint-like contentment is an admirable goal. Maybe we even hope to one day go to Heaven. Surely that’s our happily ending.

But, real happy ever after, here? Now? In the midst of the darkness of this life? Isn’t that notion just make believe? Continue reading