DayBreaks for 4/15/14 – Running the Film in Reverse
I have friends who, in the past week, have suffered the loss of a loved one. I have friends who are facing medical crises. I have a mother who is 86 and doesn’t know where she is or who her husband was of fifty years, yet she may live to be as old as her own father who died at 102. I have a daughter whose best friend is only 32 but needs a double lung transplant for no fault of her own. I have friends facing financial uncertainties. I find my own self at the stage in life where I wake in the morning and the old jokes about how everything hurts is no longer a joke but reality. I am keenly aware that my own body, once so healthy and energetic and capable, is winding down and dying.
Don’t you wish you could sometimes play the movie of life in reverse and, knowing how the movie ends if the current path were pursued, change the details enough to alter the outcome?
Fred Anderson wrote: “When I was a child I used to love walking into Miss Hammond’s 4th grade classroom to discover the shades drawn and a 16 mm projector set up facing the pull-down screen. This was more than the joy of knowing I wouldn’t be asked to answer questions, read aloud, or work out problems on the black-board. For when there was time following the movie, rather than rewind the film, Miss Hammond would show the picture in reverse. We laughed hysterically at the antics produced on the screen: things which had disintegrated suddenly were reconstituted, buildings shaken to pieces by earthquakes took previous shape before our eyes, people who had been knocked to the ground suddenly sprang back to life. That is what these lessons are about today — God’s power to run the film in reverse, to reverse the initiatives of infinitude, to overcome the gravity of life, to address a problem in life which you and I cannot solve.”
I cannot run the film of my life in reverse, nor can you. Yet Easter is all about God’s power to run the film in reverse – to one day bring vibrant life back to dead matter and make it suitable for living for an eternity and beyond. God can and will take away all the aches and pains, all the struggles. He proved as much on the first Easter. He will prove it yet again.
Oh, how I love Easter!
PRAYER: Lord, if I didn’t believe in your power to reverse the decline and death and turn it into a glorious, eternal life, I would be utterly lost in despair. Thank you in advance for one day reversing the film of my dying, and because you have already altered the plot, will give me eternal life unending! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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