“Raiders of the Lost Ark” a 1980’s blockbuster movie boasted an action scene full of adventure. In the scene, Indian Jones was trying to escape an underground tomb before it collapsed. Harrison Ford, the main character, jumps into a coal cart and takes off. The cart runs off at what seems like an uncontrollable speed, as he ventures to escape the darkness and find the light.
As I sat reflecting on my life up to this point, I had a vision of a coal cart. I could see the cart moving through different phases of my life. It was like I was in a time continuum. I sat in the cart and passed through places and events in which I have encountered. At times the cart would considerably slow down but never stop and then at other junctures I quickly and unexpectedly was thrust downhill.
I could see that each phase was used as coal to fuel the fire for the next leg of the journey, but the most upsetting to see was when the cart was thrust off track. I could see where those moments caused me to lose time and began to feel saddened. I paused and asked God a question. How can these moments be rectified? He answered with Joel 2:25, “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm.”
In an instant, I was put back on the track where I belonged. It was a supernatural movement of sorts. He spoke again. “Beloved, it’s impossible to do everything right all the time.” “I have made provision for you in my word that redeems lost time.” “Remove the false weight, let go of your burdens and come to me and I will give you rest.” “When you became mine, you became my responsibility.” “Nothing, absolutely nothing can separate you from me.” (Romans 8:38-39) I breathed in that truth and peace pierced my soul. I knew at that moment my responsibility was to do my best to stay close to him, to trust and believe the love of a Father. A Father who had already given me his best, his son.
Know there is no mistake too big for redemption. We were redeemed the minute Jesus cried from the cross, “It is finished.” Don’t let the mistakes of the past, the sadness of the present trick you into believing there is no hope. Know the complete opposite is true. As we venture through this holiday season may you find the peace that surpasses all understanding and may it guard you heart and mind. (Philippians 4:7) May hope flood your sad places and victory be your portion.
Author: Petrina Milan