One of the reasons we all love "The Greatest Showman" so much is they live happily ever after. Although PT has feet of clay, he redeems the situation and all affected ride into the sunset reconciled and redeemed. Or so the world of movies would have us believe.
Recently I had a very brief talk with a sweet friend concerning redemption. She was reminding me of the impossibility of a life circumstance ever being reconciled due to the death of the one who created the situation. I commented that I knew how difficult it was to know this would never be redeemed. As I walked away, I had a nagging dissatisfaction with my comment. Following a great deal of reflection and thought, I have had a change of heart. There is redemption--always--with Jesus in our lives--there is redemption.
Life sometimes brings disappointments--and at times these disappointments are at the hand of our fellow man. When there is no possibility of redemption or reconciliation, how do we find peace? As I have thought this over, I was struck (we all know who does the striking) by the notion that we are only responsible for our side of the redemption of any situation. When we have been wronged, our side is to forgive. By God's example, we are to extend grace, and forgive those who have wronged us.
The prayer Jesus taught us, reminds us that we are to forgive those who have sinned against us--"Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us." At the very center of it all, we only have control over our part of the equation. There is peace to be found in doing our part without the completion of the steps needed for redemption.
We live in a fallen world and in this world we will not always have the opportunity or means to reconcile and redeem all circumstances. How do we live with these unresolved issues? By doing our part of what is required and asking God to grant us the ability to accept those things which we have no control. God has promised to give us peace---and God always fulfills His promises.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”