The other day I was watching my very favorite movie in the whole world, Grease, and there is a moment that happens between Frenchy and Vi (the waitress) that I love.
Frenchy: “Beauty school sure isn’t what I thought it was going to be.”
Vi: “Nothing ever is.”
How wise Vi is. Speaking the truth to a lost high-school drop out with big dreams. That’s right kids, sorry to burst your magical little bubble. At the ripe old age of 19 I have come to this conclusion: nothing is ever what it’s cracked up to be. We look forward to so many things in our lives and seek satisfaction through numerous pursuits. And the result is always the same- it isn’t quite what we thought it would be. We try to convince ourselves that it’s great. We may even argue that we’re better off having gotten less than what we expected. But really, our expectations have been squandered once again.
Here are just some relateable examples: you have a crush on someone- they reveal a fatal character flaw that ruins the whole perfect image you set up for them in your head. You study your night away for a test, you take the test and nothing you studied is on it, you fail, it sucks. You buy a new device that’s supposed to be the latest and greatest and then you realize you don’t know how to function it and when you do figure it out you hate it and it’s dumb. You pour your heart into a relationship that looks to you like everything you could have ever possibly wanted, the relationship crashes and burns along with your hopes and dreams. You’re left with jagged pieces of a broken heart that no one in their right mind would bother trying to put back together, for fear of getting cut in the process themselves. You move out to embrace you independence and realize that you really can’t keep yourself together to save your soul. You pray to God for an answer and the one you get isn’t the one you expected nor the one you cared to receive. You work your tail off all day everyday and after paying the bills the only money you have left for groceries is enough to buy Ramen and Spagetti O’s. You get married and life is perfect and suddenly your husband needs a liver to live and there are no viable livers in sight. You eagerly anticipate the birth of a baby only to be told that the baby is not going to live past 3 hours after birth. You make a friend and say you’re going to be friends for life, you talk everyday and then suddenly, you don’t talk at all. You plan and you plan and you organize and you are sure that this time- just this once it’s all going to work out and then- NOPE. Life smacks you in the face and laughs once again.
If any of these sounds familiar to you, then congratulations. You’re learning how unfair and fallen this world that we live in is. The beauty is hard to find isn’t it? The only beauty I’ve found so far amongst all of these tragedies is this: “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
So that’s the good news. Jesus knew that there was going to be trouble. He saw it first hand. He literally walked among us and shared our heartache. And He still does everyday! Hence why He died to save us from all of that. To give us peace and hope and ultimate joy and a future with Him.
The world sucks sometimes. But “it is finished”. Thank you, Jesus.