Christian Life

Locked in a Box

If you didn’t know, I’m a 35 year old single man who’s known Jesus since high school. Ergo, I’ve been on hundreds of dates in my life, and maybe ten of them have been with visible humans. The rest have been with our common friend Y’shua :). So when we decided to have May’s theme be “dates with Jesus” it was not a tough subject for me. In my walk, “a date” has become identical with “spending time with Jesus.”

While early in my walk, when I thought of “spending time with Jesus,” I would equate that with bible study, reading a christian book, interceding, etc. However, when my focus shifted from doing ministry to simply Knowing Him, my perspective broadened a great deal. It broadened to include going out to eat, going to the gym, the movies, etc, pretty much anything :).

Take tonight for instance, its now 3:48 pm Sunday afternoon, and in an hour He and I will go on a date to see a movie. I plan on finishing this post after I get back and talking about the movie and any interactions He and I had therein. The movie is 10 Cloverfield Lane and the preview is below.

Okay! Its now 7:13 and we’re back from the movies.

Often, words/impulses/senses I get from Him aren’t necessarily in isolation, but rather multiple times to reinforce something He is trying to tell me. So it is with this movie (which, by the way, was great! great performances all around…). In one of the beginning scenes, the female lead is locked in a room against her will and doesn’t understand what is going on. I realized that the set up is somewhat similar to a movie I saw a few months ago, Room. Much like the movie tonight, I sensed that I was supposed to go watch it, and so I did (alone like I did tonight). While I didn’t really receive any solid insights into the movie then, I simply took it as a movie He was interested in seeing with me (like spouses/partners often do) and left it at that. While that may have been true per se, the connection with the movie tonight and a song with similar themes I heard recently, all add up to a repetition of the same bottom line: that right now, He has me where He has me, and while I don’t necessarily like it and would like some movement, it is out of my control and entirely in His.

So there you go, that was my date tonight. He could have just as easily told me in much more efficient or quick ways, but He preferred to use an entertaining movie to do so.

Featured image credit: “THE COUNTRY IS A BOX OF SURPRISES” by flickr user Jesuscm (cc)

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