I’ve always loved science fiction, fantasy and any literary world outside of ours.
Weird books and movies that have crazy additions to the rules of the real world. Flying. Magic. Alternate Universes. Super Powers. Time Travel. (If I was cool in your mind before this moment, I apologize for revealing my nerdiness. But, it runs deep, friend . . . real deep . . .)
There are still rules, they are just different – applied differently.
Time travel, specifically, has some rules – and they are pretty universal to every application I have seen or read.
- No one can know you are from the future (or the past).
- If you are going to visit yourself, YOU MUST NOT BE SEEN.
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO CHANGE ANYTHING, lest risk the butterfly effect . . .
The Butterfly Effect. This is a big deal. It is the theory that even the slightest change, as small as a butterfly flapping its wings can DRASTICALLY alter the future . . . or the present . . . or whatever . . . time travel is confusing. (FUN FACT: this theory in ACTUAL science is applied to all kinds of things – originally, weather patterns)
This idea of massive, out of control change from one generation to the next because of one tiny shift is what makes time travel so mind-bending, and entertaining.
I also think it’s a desire God put deep within us. The possibility of actual change.
Don’t you believe in your core that EVERY MOVE YOU MAKE MATTERS? That everything you do has significance in one way or another?
Let me ask you this way: Have you ever looked at someone who needed some comfort and told them, “Just look at the BIG PICTURE.”
What is the BIG PICTURE?
People who live with purpose believe that what they do impacts more than just them. They believe in a BIG PICTURE – a perspective of life which is broader than their own.
I’m reading a book right now that argues the existence and divinity of Miracles. It defines a miracle as “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.”
The author goes on to suggest that Jesus is a TIME TRAVELER.
Ok, no he doesn’t . . . but, I got you for just a second, didn’t I?
What he does suggest is that a miracle can be defined as when “something outside of time and space enters time and space . . . [perhaps] to come in and dwell among us for three decades . . .”
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John 1:14
God is outside of time and space, and when Jesus lived on earth, he chose to STEP INTO TIME.
“Careful, Jesus. There are rules about messing with time.”
I can just picture Jesus looking back and saying, “I’m counting on it.”
The butterfly effect. One moment can change EVERYTHING. One death – where it did not belong. One punishment that was not deserved, but was faced anyway.
Jesus came, took on an undeserved death KNOWING that everything in all of history and all of the future would SHIFT in one moment.
Time was shattered, still for a moment – creation itself took a steadying breath as Gospel Freedom rippled throughout space and time as Jesus rose from the grave . . .
The freedom we get to experience today is a result of THAT ONE MOMENT.
A Miracle. I could use a miracle, actually a few miracles. Could you?
I have some rules in my life I would like Jesus to break. Situations that could really use a God who is outside of space and time to step in and change everything.
I’m wondering which moments God is already using to shift all of eternity in my life and in the lives of those precious to me.
This is the BIG PICTURE – that everyone, always, can be free. This is what God always sees.
So, I’m on the lookout for Jesus to break the rules. I’m watching for it, asking to be a part of it, praying for it.
I’m counting on it changing everything.