The Story Isn’t Finished Yet

I was filling my tank a couple weeks ago, and the gas station attendant, an elder in another church in town, came out and we struck up a conversation.

He asked me about a particular situation I’ve mentioned in the past – a situation that can discourage me.

After I updated him he said, ?I just listened to a message by Corrie Ten Boom and she told a story about a man who would never read a novel if it had a sad ending. She said before reading any book he?d always flip to the back and read the ending; if it had a happy ending he?d read the novel. If it had a sad ending he wouldn?t read it.?

Then Corrie Ten Boom said that though we believers go through all kinds of trials, we know the end of the story. ?And we know it has a happy ending.

Then he said, ?That?s how it is with your situation, Mark. God isn?t finished writing the story yet. ?But we know how it ends.?

God isn’t finished writing your story either. He?s still writing your children’s stories. Still writing the story of your church. He isn’t finished yet, but we know how the story ends ? ?he accomplishes all his purposes. He conquers sin and darkness and sickness and sadness.

And in the end – Jesus wins.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.