Do you stay up late reading? Sometimes I can’t stop. I need to know what is happening. But I get tired eventually (you know around 1 am) and so I read the end. Yes, I am a peeker. Otherwise I would never get sleep, or anything else done. I would just sit there and read and read and read.
The good thing about reading ahead is that then I can enjoy looking for literary devices (that would make my high school English teacher Mr. Sales happy I think). I dig deeper for foreshadowing, symbolism, and how the author builds and resolves the conflict with different clues. I love how an author can use history and context to shape the outline. I have a tendency to relate a book to my own experiences, people I know, places I have been. I am notorious for reading a book and then observing the people around me to try and “find” a character in real life. And sometimes, I just make up stories about people because they intrigue me. And that is okay in books, because they end.
But that isn’t how real life works, is it? I can’t look ahead to know how something is going to turn out. That is only for God to know. I laughed last week that meteorologists “predicted” huge storms, that never hit, and then they apologized for the havoc they reeked. Sometimes I wonder if God doesn’t like to play with us a little just to remind us: we don’t get to look ahead in our own book, we are not in control, He is. He is the ultimate author. We can look back and maybe see His use of foreshadowing, symbolism, and clues. Otherwise, we will just have to learn when we get there. We can stay awake and be ready for what is coming. But we can’t peek.
And sometimes that is best.