How’s the weather?
Cold. Stormy. Rainy. Wet. Windy.
This weekend has been filled with heavy storm and rain. Contrary to popular opinions, this kind of weather is my absolute personal favourite because, I find it a perfect time to hide under the blanket, being alone in my room, accompanied with the therapeutic sound of rain right next to me, just behind the windows. It’s the perfect time to contemplate about things in life I really care about. No one’s around, just me and God.
I’ve just recently finished watching the final (9th) season of How I Met Your Mother. Even though the whole TV show is a sitcom, filled with lots of crude jokes, the show itself also happens to have countless profound messages and wisdom throughout the whole show – and I couldn’t help but to ponder on these things, especially this weekend.
Throughout the unfolding of the 9 seasons, relationships are made, altered and broken. This forced me to think about my own past friendships, relationships, mistakes and regrets. And as I ponder about the past – what has been, I also think about the present – what is, and as a result trying to forecast the future – what is to come. To be honest, for a moment I got lost in all the emotions again, in all the stories, in all the dramas. My mind was really lost in the storm, again.
In one of the episodes of the last season, there was a flash-forward of Ted (the main character) and his wife reminiscing about some old memories, as they tried to tell each other stories of their personal lives hoping the other person had never heard of it. After a few stories, they realised that they’ve both heard almost everything in each other’s past lives. As Ted grew frustrated that he can’t tell anymore new stories, the wife intruded and said something along the lines of,
“I’m afraid that you will be a man who lives in his stories, and not in the present”.
Wow. That simple, short, yet profound line really got me. How often do we find ourselves being lost in the stories of our past – which caused us to pour all our efforts in trying to predict what the future might be like? We are so lost in the storm because that is all we can see right now.
At that very moment, it was almost like God hit me in the head, and revealed to me what this whole weekend is painting; a message – a parable of our own condition. When a literal storm like this hits, almost all of us would run towards shelter – home. We would find a way to keep ourselves away from the messy, windy and drenching outdoor. But what do we do when the storm of life hits? Where are we running towards – or rather, to who are we running towards?
Are you getting drenched in the rain? Find shelter.
Are you wandering around in the midst of this storm? Find home.
The weather is ever changing.
So is life. What has, is and is to come – are ever-changing.
However, Who was, is and is to come – is never-changing.
Jesus is our eternal home and shelter. And just like our physical home, He remains when all other things aren’t. He keeps us warm in winter and cool in summer. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Are you getting drenched in problems? Find Jesus.
Are you wandering around in the midst of uncertainties? Find Jesus.
Let’s forever hold on to the treasure that Jesus died for our sins, as he replaced our place of shame, burden, guilt and most importantly eternal death. The implications of his death and resurrection remains eternal. We have now been made God’s children forever in Jesus Christ who doesn’t change. We might be poor or rich, ill or healthy, but our stance with God has now forever been made right by the eternal, never-changing Son of God who gave his life for ours. May our reality be ever found in the never-changing God of the universe.
In the midst of what has, is and is to come (the ever-changing), may we always fix our eyes solely on who always was, is and is to come (the never-changing).
Jeremiah 17: 7-8 ESV
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Philippians 4:10-13 ESV
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.