One of the things I love is movies – I love watching them, and I love collecting them, and I love exploring where God is in them, too. Here at BBC before Lockdown we ran something called “Sunday Night is Movie Night” where we watched a film (for example “Arthur Christmas,” “The Island” and “We Bought A Zoo”) and then discussed it afterwards, and I can’t wait to be able to do that again.
Yesterday in our “Virtual” Service we thought about the idea of security in Jesus (based on the story in Mark’s Gospel of Him sleeping through a storm at sea), and hearing that just to have Him with us is enough to enable us to face trials and tribulations with peace and confidence. We heard that we can trust Him because He is Lord of Heaven and Earth; because the Bible tells us He has already overcome our greatest enemy, death; and if He is with us, we have all that we need (cf Psalm 23v1). The key is for us to develop our relationship of trust with Him, looking to Him for guidance and protection, knowing and believing that He is in control.
Today I received a message from one of our ladies at BBC, and I reproduce some of it here because I think it’s really helpful. She writes, “As you like films, you may connect with this image I had, which sort of fits with the ideas in yesterday’s sermon. When watching a film there can be very tense, scary, harrowing, edge of the seat moments (a bit like the storm faced by the disciples). However, I felt God saying He knows the whole ‘film’ and the ending is good (He’s the director). If you watch a film and know the ending works out for good, then the scary moments lose their impact –just as knowing Jesus is in our boat does as we trust Him. ” I love that image of God as the director of the film and that he knows how it’s going to work out. Thank you Helen.
And then another of our ladies posted on Facebook this morning something else that tied in with yesterday’s message – I’ve shared it onto the Church Facebook page, but here it is anyway – “As you go through difficult times staying close to Jesus, you will emerge stronger, wiser and more Christ-like” (Nicky Gumbel’s Thought for the Day). Thanks Carol!
When we take the two and put them together we have a picture of how Jesus wants us to live our lives and grow into fully-functioning human beings. Get to know the Director – He knows how the film (or story if you prefer) ends – the Good Guys (and Gals) win; when you know the Director, you can trust Him to lead you in the right Direction, to maturity in Christ and fullness of Life. And the great thing about our Director is that He also wrote the Book – and in the Book we see Good triumph over evil and an end to sin, evil, disease, suffering and death itself – Revelation 21 says, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God…and I ehard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. he will wipe everyn tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.'”
Whatever scary bits come into your life’s story, in Christ we know how things will end. So take heart. Trust the Director, and stay close to Him. He knows what He is doing.
God Bless, stay well