A few nights ago I sat in the movie theater, 3D glasses and all, and watched Sandra Bullock on the big screen in her new movie, Gravity. I must confess, I am not a fan of any movie that has to do with Space. BUT, I love Sandra Bullock, movies that are not rated R, and any opportunity to sit in a theater and eat Raisenettes, hence, the selection of Gravity. I will not say Gravity is my new favorite movie and has changed my life forever, but for the 2+ hours I sat in the theater, I was surprisingly entertained. As I watched Bullock be flung throughout outerspace and as I too dodged the 3D objects flying at my face throughout the film, I found myself holding my breath quite a bit wondering what was going to happen next!
After a series of intense struggle and difficulty, Bullock finds herself alone, trapped inside a small spacecraft hurtling towards Earth. It is in this moment she begins to give herself a bit of a “pep talk.”
“In the next 10 minutes, I will either land on earth or I will blow up.” Said Bullock.
Note: To all you movie goers. I promise I am not ruining the movie for you by sharing this small scene.
Not every day, but some days, I feel like I am Sandra Bullock being flung towards the Earth in lightning speed. How have we found ourselves in situations that are simply out of our control? Notice, I did not say out of control, but simply out of OUR control. Do you ever feel like you are being hurled through life at lightning speed? These past several months of pregnancy, working in Haiti, and travel to the U.S. have been out of my control.
In less than 8 weeks, our baby boy is expected to make his big arrival! This is quick lightning speed!
Trey and I are going to be parents, and we are just now adjusting to the idea we are pregnant! Quick lightning speed!
This weekend I will return to Haiti! Quick lightning speed!
Almost 1 month of visits in the U.S. are coming to an end and there are so many more people I wish I could have seen! Quick lightning speed!
What about you? Where are you descending to in lightning speed today? What are you grabbing towards, only to realize everything is out of YOUR control? What do you wish would ‘slow down’ and give you just a minute to catch your breath and get a handle on things?
A few moments into Bullocks lightning speed descent, with eyes closed tight, she began to smile. Seconds later, laughter came, and before you knew it she had accepted all her control was gone, she would enjoy the ride that Gravity had for her.
It was in that scene I too began to smile, as I thought about the lightning speed changes that are out of my current control, my heart swelled with satisfaction that I have something FAR better than Gravity in control of my decent.
The King of the Universe, my Heavenly Father, the Creator Himself has complete control on me! This crazy speed, wish I had more time, everything out of my control lifestyle is not one that should lead to anxiety, but instead it should be enjoyed! I may worry, shed a few tears, or have a few restless nights, all to no avail. I find myself at a crossroads today…
Do I choose the anxious heart? Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Phil. 4:6)
Or, do I smile at what is to come? She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. (Proverbs 31:25)
The answer is clear, but the follow through is difficult. Praise the Lord we are not flying at lightning speed with only gravity to decide our future. Our Creator is at work, my needs and concerns are near and dear to His heart, it is for this reason alone I find myself with a smile on my face “laughing” at the days to come! Will you join me?
Thankful for a day spent with my niece Annabel yesterday. Her closed eyes and sweet smile in the picture above are the perfect example of what it should look like as we smile at those “out of our control” moments!