I was watching a show on PBS with my two boys recently which told the story of Bijoy, a young Indian boy who was taken to court for standing outside a bakery and enjoying the smells without paying for them. The greedy store owner wanted compensation. After all, the delicious aromas were coming from her shop.
Well, I nearly yelled at the television when the judge unexpectedly agreed with the woman's premise. In fact, had my three and four year old not been sitting with me at the time, I might have. How in the world could anybody, especially a judge, so completely miss the boat?!
As my boys and I watched the end of the show, we got our answer. As the judge took a handful of coins from a dejected Bijoy, she tossed them up in the air and said to the store owner, "In payment for the smells of your sweets, you will receive the sound of money." Then the judge handed the coins back to the young boy.
From the very beginning the judge had the ending all worked out. But, in the middle, there were a lot of confused and angry people. Including me. It appeared evil had won and good had been defeated. It appeared as if justice would not prevail. It appeared as if the judge was not doing her job very well.
Have you ever wondered the same thing about God? I have. Perhaps you're in the middle of bankruptcy, cancer, or divorce and you're asking, "How in the world could anybody, especially the God of the Universe, so completely miss the boat?!" From where you're standing, it may even seem as if God is not doing his job very well.
But that's far from the truth. Psalm 37:5-6 says, "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun." Commitment and trust now - during the confusion and anger - lead to reward and vindication later.
Your "show" isn't over. Your story isn't finished. And even though you may want to yell at the television (so to speak), take comfort in the promise of Psalm 37: God already has the ending worked out.