The other day, my teenage boys watched one of my favorite movies, “Back to the Future.” All three films in the series are great, but I’m still partial to the first one. It’s a brilliant story with a great thru-line. And all those incredible lines of dialogue. They McFly so fast and furiously it’s easy to miss them. But I’ve watched that movie so many times I think I can quote them all.
Oh? Here I go again…seeing the fingerprints of God where they weren’t intended? Truth is truth is truth, and it’s there waiting for us to recognize it. And get hit over the head with it! Just a warning…there will be plenty of dialogue quotes from this movie. So if you don’t want to read my musings, I’ll just invoke the words of movie antagonist Biff Tannen:
Since you’re new here, I’m gonna cut you a break, today. So, why don’t you make like a tree and get outta here?
I know. I sound stupid when I say it wrong.
The plot is simple:
“A teenager is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school age parents unite in order to save his own existence.” (IMDB)
How do they time travel? Using massive amounts of power from illegally obtained plutonium, and the technological miracle of the flux capacitor.
The flux capacitor. It’s what makes time travel possible.
Flux. Change. Good and bad. It’s a paradox that change never changes.
We live in a constantly changing and evolving world. Time moves so slowly from our vantage point that we can’t see it happening all around us as well as in us.
In less than 100 days my world will change in a huge way (more on that in the days ahead). My world will be in flux.
Some folks look at flux as an indicator of a lack of faith, or a failure to follow what God wants for us. While that certainly can be true, sometimes we are in flux just because that’s what happens in life.
Marty McFly: What if I send in the tape and they don’t like it? I mean, what if they say I’m no good? What if they say, “Get outta here, kid. You got no future”? I mean, I just don’t think I can take that kind of rejection. Jesus, I’m starting to sound like my old man!
I’ve experienced many changes during my travel through time. And there have been times when I feel just like Marty, and I just can’t take the rejection that can travel along with change.
I can remember a time when I ‘parted ways’ with a place where I’d given my very heart and soul. That place had begun to slide into darkness and bitterness darkened my own heart. I made choices that affected me in that short term and affect me today still. I’m still trying to find the courage to tell that tale…
Those choices resulted in being let go. To be fair, I should’ve been. God had been tapping me on the head for a while. So enter flux and I made like a tree and left…
Marty McFly: Whoa. Wait a minute, Doc. Are you trying to tell me that my mother has got the hots for me?
Dr. Emmett Brown: Precisely.
Marty McFly: Whoa. This is heavy.
Dr. Emmett Brown: There’s that word again. “Heavy.” Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the Earth’s gravitational pull?
Heavy indeed! But check out what’s really heavy, Da-Da-Daddio…for all the flux in our lives, God gives us our own flux capacitor. He promises that we will never face more than we can endure. Change is ever-changing, but Christ and his love and grace and mercy is never changing.
That sounds like a line from a movie or a bad Sunday School lesson. Doesn’t make it any less true, and God any less trustworthy.
Hello, McFly? Anyone in there?
In the days ahead, God will probably knock me on the head a time or two, but he loves me and guides through every time and every flux.
So many great lines to quote. So much truth found in unlooked for places. I love every line and love the Unchanging Giver of Truth.
For us, the future looks uncertain. But God exists outside of time and sees our every step.
And the road ahead?
Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads…