And they lived happily every after…if that isn’t one of the most common Disney endings then I don’t know what is. I love happy endings. In fact I like them so much that I don’t want to watch sad movies where people, especially characters I like, die. You’ll find me in the comedy section of the movie rental store. Yet for all that I find “happily every after” so cheesy. Which makes me wonder why.
Lately I’ve been watching a show set in the 1950’s. Life during that time wasn’t easy which is putting it lightly. People die in this show frequently, characters that you like….a lot. Babies die. It’s gut wrenching but I can’t stop watching. Interlaced with the drama of everyday life are these beautiful moments that leave me on the couch oooing and ahhing.
Why do I long for happy endings? Why can’t I stop watching something that makes me ache with the pain the characters experience? The reason I long for happy endings but think the movies give me cheesy ones is because I was created for a happy ending. But it’s not really an ending. In fact I was created for a happy beginning that will go on and on and on. It will never end. It’s called heaven. And the reason I can’t stop watching movies and shows that have the nuances of pain and suffering and joy all messy and wrapped up in one is because they articulate life. Yes, they speak to what we all go through and feel. True the circumstances are different but human emotions are the same.
In my own life I can’t always see why I need the messy and seemingly bruised spots of life. When I view these things wrapped up on screen though in someone else’s life I much more clearly see how the bruises make the overall fruit that much sweeter. Maybe your life doesn’t look like “happily ever after” right now. What I want you to know and hopefully feel is that the story isn’t over. Heaven is coming and then our dreams of joy here will pale in comparison to what we will experience at that beginning. Keep your chin up, love.