And NOW you know…

It’s Friday!  It’s time to link up with Lisa-Joy for Five Minute Friday.  Friday is a time when when “write for five minutes not worrying is everything is just right.”  You can join in the fun HERE.

Prompt: REST
When I was a little girl, I remember watching the 60 Minutes news show with my parents. My favorite part of the whole show would be when the Paul Harvey segment would come on at the end. He would always conclude by saying, “and now, you know the rest of the story.”

We love knowing the rest of the story, don’t we? We love knowing how a book will end. We want to know how the last chapter of our lives will play out.

There is even something comforting about knowing the rest of the story…even if the rest doesn’t conclude the way we desperately want it to end.

I think about how parents of abducted children are tormented for years because they don’t know the rest of the story. After years of not knowing, all they want is closure.

Or what about a loved one who is chronically sick and the doctors have no idea what is wrong. More than anything, answers are wanted. They want to know the rest of the story. What is really going on?

We are eager to get to truth. We don’t like being in the dark. We like seeing the whole picture. We like to know what bumps lie ahead.

Yet, there are times when trying to figure it all out will drive us nuts. So much of the rest which lies ahead is far beyond our control. We need to let go. We need to make the decision to rest in the knowledge that HE is more than capable of handling each and every rest that stretches out ahead of us.

“Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now.”~ Elisabeth Elliot

** I broke Lisa-Jo’s rule this week. This one took over five minutes. 🙂


20 thoughts on “And NOW you know…

  1. Anne

    You had to have been receiving brain waves across the county line from me this morning.
    While I was walking with Molly I was talking to Him and asking for help in curbing my worries and having the strength to cope with whatever I’m dealt.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Those waves were from you?! If I’d known that, I would of told you to give Molly and extra helping of kibbles too. 😉

  2. Linda

    Hi there! I’m not participating this week, but still wanted to drop by to see what you’d written.

    I have found for myself, that sometimes if I knew the rest of the story, I would have stayed safely hidden. I wouldn’t have been where I needed to be. Maybe not knowing is part of God’s grace and mercy to us. Regardless, I’m still learning to see the goodness of God in all circumstances.

  3. Carol Peterson

    Love the idea of 5-minute Friday. Love the quote from Elliot. Some days I feel like my spiritual eyeballs need bifocals. But alas—it’s only “worry fog.”

    Great post.

  4. kimberly amici

    So true, us needing to know the rest of the story. That’s whey TV show end of season cliff hangers drive us crazy.
    Thank goodness GOd know the rest of our story and gently nudges us towards it despite the fact we don’t have ll the details. Love the part in the quote about tomorrow is none of your business…

  5. Amy P Boyd

    So many time I want to know the rest of the story but normally I want to know it even before the beginning. I just need to rest in the fact that He knows all the steps… the beginning, the middle and the end.

  6. Nicole Haney

    I think us wanting to know the rest of the story is also about wanting control. In some cases when we want the rest of the story we are saying I need to know how to plan for what is coming. W e have to remember that the only one who has control is the Lord and that He doesn’t necessarily want us to plan, but to completely trust Him.


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