the End of the World

July 5, 2014 § 4 Comments

Catonsville

It’s the end of the world as we know it
It’s the end of the world as we know it
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine

REM

Last evening Katherine and I enjoyed friends and fireworks in a Baltimore bedroom community known as Catonsville. Throughout the year this community raises money for the dual purpose of a local charity and for the sake of the Independence Day (July 4th) celebration. The production is spectacular. However due to an off-shore hurricane, a cool, windy evening made for a different kind of experience this year.

Throughout the event, the heavy cardboard casings, often still on fire, fell where we were sitting. Twice I helped extinguish small fires, and at one point a burning ember settled on our blanket!

Actually, it resulted in one of the most exciting fireworks shows we have ever been to. As we drove home, Katherine and I laughed, saying that the scene looked like one of those ‘end-of-the-world’ movies where fire rained down from the sky.

Later I thought, what if it were the end of the world?

Last Night!

There is a line in the movie, As Good as it Gets, where the lead character, Marvin Udall (played by Jack Nicholson) walks into the waiting room of his psychiatrist, and asks his fellow patients, “What if this is as good as it gets?”

I have found it easy to get lost in fear whenever I divide the value of my life by a short lifespan, when all along Jesus asserts that He is making everything new (Revelation 21:5), promising that this life is no less than a leg in an indescribably beautiful eternal journey.

Fear can be so dehumanizing, and our only hope for enjoying this life is to be shaped by the promise of what Jesus has secured in the resurrection and in what He is doing until He returns.

One day the world will end, (though hopefully not tonight!), but on our best day, this isn’t as good as it gets, and in God’s good world, Love always trumps fear (1 John 4:18).

So for now, we share in the very thing Jesus is doing until that day arrives.

I want what N.T. Wright says in his little book, The Lord & His Prayer</em> to be my prayer:

“Make us a community of healed healers; make us a retuned orchestra to play the Kingdom-music until the world takes up the song. Make us, in turn, Servants of the Lord, the few with the message for the many.”

What good news…

peace.

§ 4 Responses to the End of the World

  • mikechiosi says:

    Nice… Reminds me again that often times fear is the enemy. Caused me to think that even if this is “as good as it gets”, “the best is still yet to come”‘….. but this is pretty good right now.

    I always appreciate a good line from a movie or a quote.

    A movie and book lover…what a fun-relevant combination.

    How did you make that concert clip show up in your blog? I am new to reading blogs and leaving comments.

    • unfinished1 says:

      Mike – At the YouTube site for the video, under the video there is a button called, ‘share’ – if you click on that, there is an ’embed’ button – click on that and then click the embed code, and you can post it.

  • Randy Lashua says:

    Thanks Mike, glad I found your blog. Good stuff. We make the faith more complicated than it needs to be. Thanks for the reminder about what is important and God’s long term plan…and thanks for taking time with me way back when.

  • unfinished1 says:

    Hey – Great to hear from you, Randy! And I couldn’t agree more – the Faith is beautifully simple and the Father delights when His children lives it out simply. It was great spending that time with you – please give Barbara my best.

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