As my kids have gotten older, we are beginning to watch more action movies. However, for whatever reason, my younger two, (Isaac & Meghan), still have a low tolerance for “situations of peril”. They seem to get emotionally involved with the ups and downs of the adventure, and sometimes the stress and emotion get a little too much.
So one of the things we will often do is to tell them the ending. Not the whole ending, but a little information that will quell their fears. Usually it revolves around informing them that the main character doesn’t die. Honestly, it doesn’t ruin the plot much, since in most shows (unless you’re watching the Walking Dead) the central characters tend to stay alive most of the time. But the affect it has is incredible.
All of a sudden, not only do they not fear the adventure, they start to enjoy it. There are still ups and downs, but they know that in the end, everything is going to be ok.
Well h2o, I saw this in a store the other day and I thought of you.
I KNOW that many of you are still in the midst of final papers and exams. Or maybe you are licking your wounds after having finished up.
Maybe you are stressing about the summer…your finances….your grades…your resume….
This picture is just a gentle reminder. As I have been grieving about being middle-aged (it always happens around my birthday), I read this passage…
I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
I Corinthians 15:50-58
If you are in Christ…..If you are a follower of Him… then the journey will be bumpy and chaotic, (like a epic movie?). It might even include “situations of peril”. Some failed tests. And some terrible jobs. And some family drama. And even more serious pain and suffering…..
But we know how it ends.
And it’s not just going to be “okay”…..true redemption and renewal is coming!