William, a former addict who has only spent a few short months with his biological son, could easily choose to be bitter and disappointed at the finale of his story. But his words are full of joy. Perhaps it is because he sees more clearly, having lived a whole life, finally able to see every event woven together.
On the day that his triplets were born, Jack told the doctor that only good things were going to happen. He looked at his panicked wife, squared his eyes in determination, and asked her to trust him, to know that the impeding moments of risk and fear would resolve well. She responded, “I love you. Yeah, I know it. I know it. ”
This moment could be interpreted as wishful thinking, the desperate attempt of a scared father to will his family into a happy ending—but ultimately, Jack does sees a truth that will stretch beyond the confines of his children’s birthday: Love demands trust. It requires faith beyond what we can see and measure, and confidence that, no matter how dire the circumstances, those who love us and whom we love will work together for good. The good things that happen to Jack are bigger than his hopes. His family will be more beautiful than he can dream. The ending may not what Jack and Rebecca would have predicted, but the faith and love they exhibit holds them up through the coming tragedy and into the beautiful redemption that follows.
Like Jack, we want only good things to happen today—and like Jack, that is precisely what will happen, when God gives us eyes to see.
Amanda Wortham is a writer at Christ and Pop Culture who also teaches literature to a fantastic group of teenagers at a classical Christian high school. She lives a little south of Birmingham with her husband, Ben, and their two splendid girls.