DayBreaks for 1/17/20: The Great Depression
From the DayBreaks Archive, January 2010:
There’s a movie out that you really should see if you haven’t already. It’s James Cameron’s Avatar. If you can, you REALLY should see it in 3D (there’s both a 3D version of it and a 2D version.) I can virtually guarantee you that you’ve never seen anything like it in terms of movie-making. It is literally breath-taking in scope, achievement and visual effects. You feel as if you are in the jungle on Pandora (the name of their planet).
It is a movie that also, if one has an eye for it, packs lots of messages and evokes many responses. Here’s one that I don’t think anyone really anticipated:
From the Huffington Post, Tuesday, January 12, 2010: Avatar-Induced Depression
“The beautiful alien planet Pandora depicted in James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ is so captivating that some audience members are becoming depressed and even suicidal when they fail to find meaning in real life after the film is over.
“Writes Jo Piazza for CNN: On the fan forum site “Avatar Forums,” a topic thread entitled “Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible,” has received more than 1,000 posts from people experiencing depression and fans trying to help them cope. The topic became so popular last month that forum administrator Philippe Baghdassarian had to create a second thread so people could continue to post their confused feelings about the movie.
“Here are just a few of the ways people are coping on Avatar Forums:
“I just watched avatar a few weeks ago and I’m feeling depressed and sad. It’s like I want to reach out and be in Pandora. I’d do anything to be in Pandora. I’ve tried so hard to dream about me being on Pandora but it hasn’t worked.”
“Ever since I went to see ‘Avatar’ I have been depressed. Watching the wonderful world of Pandora and all the Na’vi made me want to be one of them. I can’t stop thinking about all the things that happened in the film and all of the tears and shivers I got from it. I even contemplate suicide thinking that if I do it I will be rebirthed in a world similar to Pandora and the everything is the same as in ‘Avatar.'”
“Because, at this point, there isn’t pretty much anything else that can be done. Until the release of DVD/BluRay. But even that won’t take away all of the depression. Because you know you can never actually go to Pandora, as it exists only in our imagination… sigh… :(“
“Whether or not these posts are for real there is reason to believe the affliction is rooted in legitimate despair.”
Let me say first, that those I know who have gone to see the movie have not had these kinds of reactions. Why? Because the people I’ve talked to about the movie are Christians…and perhaps, just perhaps, we aren’t “depressed and sad” because we understand what the longing is that these folks are experiencing because we’ve found the answer: Jesus.
As awesome as the world of Pandora is in the movie, it can’t hold a candle to heaven. As Paul said (he and John are the only humans who’ve ever seen it as far as I know for sure!), it isn’t possible (nor permissible) to discuss what it is like. I was driving to a meeting early one morning recently as the sun was rising over the eastern hills of the Alexander Valley where we live, and I was captivated by the beauty of that sunrise. I started talking with God about what heaven would be like. Are there colors there? Revelation describes things with color…so there must be. But are they the same colors? Will they be different, vastly richer and more beautiful? I have to believe so. I can’t believe anything about heaven would be nearly as dull as things on this earth.
As the sun rose, I thought about God’s glory. He can’t help but be glorious. It’s not like he wakes up each morning thinking, “I think I’ll be glorious today.” He can’t help it. Wherever He goes, His glory arrives before Him like the rays of the sun arrive before the sun is fully up. And His glory follows after Him as the rays of the sun still light the sky once the sun has set. As that sunrise came, I realized that the glory of heaven will far outshine anything we can dream of, hope for, long for. And we don’t need to despair, because our inheritance is being kept for us by God Himself. Who do you think will be able to take it away from Him? No one!
Don’t despair. There’s a place far better than Pandora. It’s called heaven.
PRAYER: Let Your glory shine on us and led us unto a life lived in the glory of Your eternal day! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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