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Knowing How the Story Ends Makes All the Difference

April 10, 2020 by Admin

A Good Friday Reflection by Soo Chang, Incoming Head of School

One of my favorite film series of all time is The Lord of the Rings. Since it was first released about two decades ago, my family and I have watched the entire trilogy countless times. Having never read the books beforehand, the first time I watched the movies I keenly felt the highs and lows of each character’s journey. With each subsequent viewing, of course, the twists and turns, the losses and tragedies that each character endures no longer have quite the sting they once did. In short, knowing how the story ends makes all the difference.

All of us currently face unprecedented change. In the space of mere weeks, the way we live our daily lives has been completely rearranged. The sudden disruption of our normal activities and routines has left many of us likely feeling disoriented or even overwhelmed at times. It can seem impossible for even the most optimistic person to see exactly how things could get better, let alone become good again.

But while none of us (at least as far as I know!) have the gift of seeing into the future, all of us do know at least one thing: we know how our story will end. Just like the Fellowship of the Ring heroically fought their way through the pitch-black Mines of Moria, we may not have any certainty beyond where our next step forward will take us. But we can rest assured that as far as our story goes—the human story—we are in good hands.

Jesus—being fully aware that his hands would soon be pierced—said, “I am the Good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep…My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:14-15, 27-28)

Leaning on the Good Shepherd doesn’t mean that we won’t ever feel anxious, stressed out, or afraid during this crisis (or the next). But three words make all the difference in the world for his sheep: He is risen! 

Soo Chang will join Providence as Head of School effective July 1, 2020. He has served as a pastor and as a Christian school administrator and holds a master of divinity degree with an emphasis on Christian education from Biola University.