I love the show Fringe. It's kind of weird, sometimes gross, but always intriguing. I'm partly drawn to it because of the strong female lead in Olivia, but also the tender father and son relationship in Walter and Peter.
If you don't watch it, here's a quick summary: Years ago, Walter (the father) discovered there was a parallel universe to ours ... with the exact same people, just at slightly different levels of technological discovery. When Walter's son, Peter, died, he discovered the other Walter's son was also sick and dying. Convinced he could help the other Peter, Walter crossed over and took Peter.
Because of this one choice, this one action, there was unbalance in the universes. Now, little by little the fabric between the two universes is tearing. With each tear, something devastating happens. The universes are breaking down. The Fringe Division investigates these odd occurrences.
BIG NOTE HERE: I have not watched the last two shows of this season, so please don't give anything away if you've seen them. :-)
Prepare for a dramatic shift in topic ... but it comes back to Fringe, so keep reading.
This fall, I will have two sons move out of the house. I'm not sure my heart can take it ... My oldest will very likely be joining the Marines, and my second oldest will be going to college. When they leave, they will hold in their hands a booklet that I am writing for each of them called "Driving Tips for the Narrow Road."
Years ago I tried to get this published, but there wasn't the interest. Now I'm writing it for my sons. Each page contains a truth they can hold on to when the road threatens to be so wide they leave the faith of their youth.
One truth is coming from Fringe (which Dylan and I watch together). And it has to do with why bad things happen in the world. Here's a taste of what they will read:
You see, years ago, in our real world, one man made a choice that shook the universe. Adam chose to disobey God. It wasn't God's choice for that to happen. But it happened.
It happened because God never force Adam to do anything. Don't we love that part of free will?
Now, because of that choice, sin has entered the world. And bit by bit, the fabric of the universe is tearing. As it tears, horrible things have entered. Things God never wanted to enter, such as cancer, mental illness, addiction, anger, hate.
Some things happen because of our choices. War, hunger, poverty, hate, drunk driving. These are man's choices.
Some things happen because of our broken universe: Disease, physical handicaps, Alzheimer's.
None of this is God's choice. He should not be blamed for any of it.
We should take responsibility for our choices, and make a difference.
We can seek God's healing for what is not our choice.
We can accept God's peace for what doesn't change.
And in it all, choose to trust that God will redeem our brokenness, and not waste any pain.
IF WE LET HIM.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this today. Whether or not you have children moving out, what truths would you like to tell your kids that they can hold on to?
I've got a copy of T.D. Jake's newest book called "64 Lessons for a Life Without Limits." Post a comment and a way to get in touch with you and I'll give it away at random to someone. I'll announce a winner in a few days.
Grace & Peace,