Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Show Continues


I love talking about my shows with anyone who'll listen. It's like, "Hi, I'm Molly. What are your shows? Elementary? The Middle? Mentalist? Duck Dynasty? Love It or List It?" And things can get a little awkward if they say, "Yeah well, about that...I'm not really into any." (Not one single show? Who are these people?)

But this time of year gets a little sad as my shows soon take a break for the summer. (See One 'Heck' of a Show.) Guess it's time to load up the ol' Kindle with some good reads. Or maybe just stick to T.V. and finally jump on the Homeland bandwagon. But first I should jump on the Netflix bandwagon. Or maybe even Walking Dead. But zombies aren't my favorite.

Another show I've never gotten into is House. A friend at the gym raves about it, but not without warning me that the main character is an atheist. I thought, "What a weird warning to give someone."

But what should a person with my world view say when being warned this way? That Jesus hung out with atheists? That it takes more faith to not believe in God than to believe in God?

But instead I casually said, "Oh now, stop. It wouldn't bother me. But I do wonder how many true atheists are out there. I'm guessing not too many." And I'll never forget what she said to me, "Not sure, but I think we're all just schmear."

Schmear? As in a bagel topping at a bagel shop? Like, maybe she thinks we're all earth splatter with no real design or purpose for our existence? But I get. It's hard to see the forest for the trees sometimes. Heck, I've even felt like schmear before.

So I stood up tall, gave her a little back rub, and lightheartedly said, "Look, I know you might feel like schmear. But you are not cream cheese and the earth is not a bagel. You were created by God. Loved by God. And that's that." (How'd that sound? Did I do good? Still unsure about it.)

Now where was I? Ah yes, my shows. So I got all excited at church today when the guest speaker, Frances Chan, talked about 24 with Kiefer Sutherland. It's an oldie but a goody. And now you can easily watch one episode right after the other.

And that's what Frances Chan did when a friend gave him season two on video. But there was one episode where Jack Bauer's survival seemed impossible. He thought to himself, "Jack Bauer can't go in there - too many bad guys!" But then it struck him, "Of course he can go in there. Of course he'll survive. I'm watching season two while everyone else is watching season three. His life does continue!"

And that's what I wish I could tell my friend. No matter what happens in this life - although it seems impossible - there's a season three! Even if you're tied to a chair and there's no escape, rescue is coming! You've got a knife hidden up your sleeve...er, I mean...you've got a God who's preparing an eternal home for you when you put your trust in him and your hope in heaven. So no matter how dire your situation, it's not the end of your show. 

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