As I have mentioned in a previous post, my husband and I love the show The Walking Dead. I try to be careful during active seasons when I scroll through Facebook. We often have to watch recorded episodes later because we have busy schedules and our kids often dictate what we watch on television. We are often more up to date with Batman and Hey Jessie than we are our own shows.
Most of my friends have schedules that allow for real time viewing of The Walking Dead. They will post statuses and memes of what happened or what character died during the last episode. There was one huge spoiler alert that smacked me in the face one morning while scrolling through my Facebook news feed. I was upset to know who had died, but was relieved to know it was not my favorite character.
I watched the episode later with my husband. I have to brag on myself. I did not tell him who was going to die. It was hard. I tell that man everything and I’m horrible with keeping things a surprise. Even on birthdays or Christmas I’m trying to give him gifts a week early! He always jokes about this trait in me.
Anyway, we watched and I would tense up every time I thought that my favorite character was about to meet his fate. I would jump or close my eyes. Then I would remember what friends had shared online and I would feel relieved. I would feel confident that things were going to turn out just fine.
I know that my Saviour lives,
and at the end
he will stand on this earth.
My flesh may be destroyed,
yet from this body
I will see God.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die; and those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
I welcome spoiler alerts in my faith. I already know that no matter what challenges I face or how I fall short in life that this whole thing ends well. It is so easy to see life’s burdens or hardships as defeats, but the victory has already been won.
Time is a blessing. Time spent on Earth is something I know I should be grateful for. I try to remind myself that no matter what happens, if my heart is firm in my faith, I will be given the greatest gift. Doesn’t that alone just make you calm?
Anything we face now is temporary. The exchanges with difficult people, the bad news, the hard times…they’ll end. In the scheme of things, they’re so small. Breathe. Look for the lesson. Search for the beauty. Let your heart not be moved by the bad. Why not make the most of our time while we are still here?
I know it is easier said than done and though I have known some pretty remarkable Christians, I have never seen this done perfectly. We all react poorly, we all feel disheartened, and we all may feel moments of depression or intolerance. But why not try? Be relieved. Be confident in how this will all play out.
Spoiler Alert: There IS a happy ending without any ending.