In Gravity, everything that can go wrong, does. Everybody dies. Things blow up. And, on the brink of salvation, the main character finds herself stuck in a craft with no fuel.
As I watched the film, I thought about how much time we all spend waiting for the other shoe to drop. We wait for failure, for disappointment, sometimes even anticipating it, so that it can’t possibly catch us off guard.
But what happens when something terrible hits you?
You survive it. You might be beat up and hurt and there are scratches, but you always survive it.
You have, can, and/or most likely will survive:
your first heartbreak
your second and third heartbreak(s)
living below the poverty line/having $6.00 to your name.
the deaths of animals you love
the deaths of people you love
your first car falling apart
being stranded on the side of the highway
your cake/bread/dinner not coming out right
your dinner coming out perfectly and then falling on the floor
your computer crashing
the loss of things you love
when some random chick steals your favorite denim jacket
finding out you weigh an amount you were never supposed to reach
finding out you lost weight without trying
every man/woman being interested in you
no man/woman being interested in you
the loss of your childhood dreams
becoming wealthy and dealing with others’ greed
breaking up with someone you love but just can’t be with anymore
breaking up with your best friends
moving to a place you have never been before, where you know no one
being the only one of your race/gender/sexuality/class/ethnicity/nationality in a room full of people
being a single parent
being disappointed by the actions of those you love
being hated/despised by others
being loved in the wrong way by others
Even when everything falls apart, (and, at one point, everything usually feels as if it has), there is a way to get through it. I depend on Christ to get me through my terrible moments, a few of which are listed above. But even as He empowers me, I have to be willing to fight through the pain, indignity, suffering–whatever it is I’m feeling at the moment. I have to decide to trust Him and work towards a solution.
God will never give up on you. But you can’t give up on yourself either.
be a survivor,
p.s. Please continue to pray for all those who lost loved ones in the Philippines, and all those who survived and are fighting for shelter, food and water.