Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8
We went to see the movie “The Peanut Butter Falcon” last weekend. If you haven’t seen it yet, run to the theatre! It was excellent!
In it, Zach, a young Down Syndrome man (played by an actor with Down Syndrome), breaks out of his institution to go to a wrestling camp. He then meets a guy named Tyler who is battling his own demons. The two pair up and become traveling companions.
Although this movie pulls at your heart strings constantly, the crossing-the-river scene is what had my heart rate spiking. Zach can’t swim.
Thinking outside the box, Tyler inflates a pair of pants and a trash bag for Zach to float on. He then ties a rope connecting himself to Zach.
Sure enough, as Tyler is swimming and pulling Zach on this long rope behind him, a boat comes zooming down the river, heading straight for them. If Tyler doesn’t swim for his life, the boat will cut the rope in two and Zach will lose his.
On his end, Zach is kicking and flailing, trying to propel himself forward. However, it’s really Tyler who swims like a mad-man, makes it to the other side, and pulls Zach from harm just in time.
I can’t help but equate this scene to our relationship with God. In His great love, God encircles each and every one of us with a gentle rope, wanting to remain connected to us always. But because He promises us free will, He lets us extend that rope as long as we want. Sometimes, we extend it so far, we get all tangled up in other things. It’s then we feel like God’s no longer there.
However, God’s rope of love is so strong, it can never be severed – not by a speeding boat, not by our bad choices, not even by us turning our backs on Him when we think we can do life on our own. And when we get in a pickle, crying out for help as we kick and flail, He will pull us from danger. Best of all, He’ll pull us closer to Him. There isn’t a situation His mighty strength can’t overcome. We just need to ask.
On my end, I’m questioning how long I’ve stretched my rope. This visual is inspiring me to work towards shortening it as much as I can. The shorter my rope, the closer I’ll get to God to be sheltered and showered in His love and protection.
Questions for Reflection:
* How long have I stretched the rope between God and me?
* Am I happy with that length?