Recently, our daughters checked out the DVD It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown from the library. If you're familiar with the story, you know that Linus and Sally spend Halloween night in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive and pass out toys. Of course he never shows up, and, while Linus keeps the faith, Sally is devastated to have missed all the other fun.
After watching this yesterday, our eleven-year-old remarked at supper, "I don't like Charlie Brown stories." When asked why not, she replied, "It's too much like real life. In books, everything always turns out all right, but in Charlie Brown, it doesn't."
I think she was very perceptive in her observation. In life, there are times when we give something our all, but it just doesn't pay off like we think it will. There is no guarantee that our plans will turn out the way we hope. Through people or circumstances, we will sometimes be disappointed and fail to achieve our fairy-tale ending.
What a comfort it is, then, to know that each event in my life is directed by God. Struggles and trials are part of my journey here, but ultimately, because I'm His child, I can trust Him to lead me in the right paths.