Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Inspiration from . . . Transformers?

The other night my family watched the movie Transformers. Not one of my all time faves, but I watched it nonetheless. Toward the end of the movie, I saw an image that captured my attention and wouldn't let go.

For those of you who haven't seen the movie, it's about aliens that are machines. To adapt on earth, they've transformed themselves into cars and airplanes and such. Of course, we hold something on our planet that is vital to their existence and there's the inevitable fight between good and evil for that "cube." The main character, a young man who learns his car is more than just a car, is determined to help his new friends defeat the bad transformers who want to use the "cube" for evil. He's given a task. He must take the "cube" to the top of the tallest building where an Army helicopter will take him and the "cube" to safety. Naturally, this little jaunt turns out to be more than he bargained for, because the leader of the evil transformers is on his heels.

High atop this building, our hero clings to a statue, his life in peril. He can see and hear the helicopter approaching. But there's the evil transformer, breathing down his neck. He asks our hero, "Is it fear or courage that compels you, fleshling?" He pounds the building around them, sending chunks of concrete whipping past our hero. Then the evil transformer demands the cube. But our hero refuses. So the evil transformer knocks the statue from its pedestal, sending the statue, along with our hero, falling to the street below. And just when you think all hope is lost, Optimus Prime (the leader of the good transformers) holds out his hand and catches our hero.

How often does the enemy crouch around us, tormenting us, telling us what we can't do? Sometimes it seems like all hope is lost, and we fall. But there is One who will always be there to catch us. Psalm 37:23-24 says, "The Lord delights in the way of the man whose steps he has made firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand." Oh praise God. Because I don't know about you, but I fall a lot. I try my best to live for God, seeking to please Him. Yet, so often, I take those reins back from God. I end up in trouble, and Satan is right there, ready to send me flying.

Don't let the enemy get the best of you. Trust in the One Jude :24 says, ". . . who is able to keep you from falling. . ."

2 comments:

  1. Mindy,

    Late in responding here but I love your analogy. It's so true. And like the movie we have the big hand of God reaching out to save us when we fall.
    Love this. Thanks.

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  2. Excellent comparison, Mindy!! I really wanted to see that movie when it came out. Now I'll have to rent it!

    Missy

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