"I Had Power Over Nothing!"
May 6

I love movies. I love going to movies. I got my first DVD player in 1999, and I've probably spent WAY TOO MUCH money on movies over the years. The movie that has been stuck in my head for the past few weeks is the Tom Hanks film Cast Away from 2000. The scene that has been on repeat in my mind is when Tom's character is talking to his friend and he says things like, "I had power over nothing!"  (when he was deserted on the island.) But then he continues, "...I had to keep breathing, even though there was no reason to hope...And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing, because tomorrow the sun will rise, who knows what the tide will bring." 

If someone were to say that they love being powerless, we would probably seriously consider having them committed! No one loves being powerless and yet here we are. So, what do we do? How do we channel Tom's character from a twenty-year-old movie and figure out a way to keep breathing? How do we remind ourselves that the sun will rise tomorrow morning and at some point, someday the tide will bring in something better for us? If you remember that movie at all, there's a big chunk that we miss - he was on the island for four years!  Four years (that go by in a blink in movie-time) is what it took for Tom's character to get to that point of persevering even when he felt powerless. Four years! ...And we are not a patient people.

The Bible story we have for Sunday is the well-known passage where Jesus tells his disciples to not let their hearts be troubled. He says this to them after he informs them that he is going to be betrayed by one of their peers, he is going to be denied by one of their peers, and soon he will be gone. But, "don't let your hearts be troubled." Jesus is not dismissing their emotions or concerns. He will have his own anguish in just a few hours from this moment, but he is trying to instill in them hope, even when it seems like there is nothing to hope in. And here we are.

I pray it doesn't take four years for our tide to come in (I'm struggling with the idea of four more weeks, let alone four more months), but tomorrow the sun will rise and at some point our tide will come in. At some point our current situation will no longer be the norm. It will be something that we look back on and see where God was with us through the darker moments, moments when we felt like we had power over nothing. 

So, what do we do? We keep breathing. We keep watching for the tide to come in. We look for where God is present, even when it feels like there is no hope.  

Grace and Peace, 

Pastor Chris 

Last Published: May 21, 2020 6:20 PM