Gravity… pulls us down and builds us up!

Hope you have seen the visually stunning – award-winning and epic film, GRAVITY with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. It’s an AMAZING HD production partnered with a surprisingly intense dramatic performance …. it PULLS  audiences into the struggle of a single mom fighting to stay alive in the extreme of outer-space… alone.

Gravity captures…It immerses you in an emotional journey of someone desperate to survive. We become lost in a foreign world of unknown dangers and unexpected tragedy. The feel of this flic will make you sweat and your breathing will match the actors as you FEEL the power of panic and the desperation of a life lived to the razors edge of sudden catastrophe.

At the very end... we see a fade out shot of our heroine emerging but shaky. Her legs and body drained of all strength and her mind exhausted… she slowly rises to stand again, under the restraint of “gravity” once more. It’s here the poignant tale transitions to become a very powerful metaphor or allegory of life.

In this moment… I can see myself…. how extraordinary. I can see God uses our suffering like gravity to build me up. To form me into something stronger, someone with more character… more capable of creating beauty and in the end….expressive of  new-found life.

Gravity = Suffering.  An epiphany….a moment of understanding, of new and deeper insight…

God plans for us to endure the forces of suffering, of injustice… and allows our pain to perfect us into something much more like His intended creation. Someone like Christ.

Those forces are active all the time in our world, and like Gravity, they force our spiritual muscles to work, to contract… to lift, to move to run…. all while under resistance from the gravitational pull of our planet. Inescapable and undeniable, our acceptance of Gravity doesn’t make us fatalistic or sad, it’s a reality that we’ve scientifically explained and learned to live with.

Like science, faith has its mirrored principles. Laws of spirituality that are as unavoidable as Newtonian Physics.

God allows us to endure suffering, to mature us. To build us into the amazing and spectacular men and women of faith we were always meant to be. If we focus ALL of our attention on asking God to remove the hard, the difficult and the painful from our lives we are  refusing to mature.

As parents, part of our role is helping our kids understand and embrace the process of enduring and overcoming in life. To grasp an understanding of the purpose of hardship and discomfort play in our lives. To recognize its role as essential for a healthy life to grow.  Difficulty, struggle…painful mistakes, they really are the ONLY way our children can grow up!

Watch the flick this 4th of July if you missed it and remember the next time your able to crawl out of bed and stand up…. you’re overcoming gravity already 🙂

Peace out, Pastor B.

Romans 5:3-5  “ Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (NIV) 

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