What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase, "...and they lived happily ever after"? Does a wedding come to mind? Maybe a princess is involved? Do you picture a young, good-looking couple?
Of course we all know, there is no one who gets to experience only happy moments for the rest of their lives. Even those in the most satisfying marriages still experience pain and misery in this life. They can still catch a cold or stub a toe. They likely will still face traffic jams, poor weather, health issues, financial problems, rising gas prices, clogged toilets.... you get the point.
I teach Sunday School and yesterday a young girl made it clear to me that "Happily Ever After" can happen. She wasn't talking about a princess or even marriage when she spoke her words of wisdom. She was saying a closing prayer shortly after we'd talked about living eternally. She'd already said things like, "Help us all to have a good week". She'd started another sentence with, "Please help us all..." when she lost her train of thought. It is hard for kids to say public prayers. In fact, it is hard for me...but that's another topic. Anyway, this wise little girl finally came up with, "Please help us all.... to live happily ever after!" She looked at me when she opened her eyes. Her expression told me she was embarrassed. She is about 12 years old and I suppose she felt she'd said something stupid. I thought she'd said something incredibly wise!
Happily Ever After... the perfect way to describe life eternal with our God!
It's that simple.