The End is Better than the Beginning

 

pain

“When you’re young everything feels like the end of the world. But it’s not; it’s just the beginning (Mike O’Donnell, ‘Seventeen Again’).”

I’m living proof that this couldn’t be more true, especially when God is in the mix.

Losing both of my parents when I was only sixteen was the end of the world… The end of my world at least.

I’ll never forget laying in bed with my brother and sister-in-law just hours after we found out, crying and saying, “I will never smile again.”
For me… this was the end.

This was the end of everything I knew. Everything I loved. Everything I was.
Yes, I was still Bethany, John and Lavada’s daughter, but now I was also the girl whose parents were tragically killed by a drunk driver. Now, I was the girl whose future was permanently altered.

This was the end of so many different things for me, but it was also the beginning of so much more.

• This was the end of relying on my parents prayers and faith to carry me – and the beginning of truly developing my own personal relationship with God.
• This was the end of security and expectation for the future – and the beginning of complete faith and hope in God to be my protection and provision.
• This was the end of thinking that God was a scary tyrant – and the beginning of learning that God is my loving Father who holds and corrects me with love.

What was the end of my life then became the beginning of my life now.
The story of God’s presence in the loss of my parents has become my biggest platform for sharing how wonderful God is and how faithful He is to meet you where you are.

In the midst of it all I couldn’t possibly see how good would ever come from this tragedy, but now I see that it wasn’t the end of the story, it was simply the transition into the next book in the series.

Wherever you are today, God is waiting to meet with you. Let Him in. Let Him hold and protect you during this time of pain, and trust that He has a plan to turn your greatest struggle into your most God-glorifying Story.

 

The end of a matter is better than its beginning…
Ecc. 7:8 ♡

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