Jurassic Park 3ology
When Jurassic Park first hit theaters in 1993, I was senior in high school. I saw it and loved it. So, I saw it again. And again. Six times I went to that terrific film. So, naturally, when the sequels come out, I had to see them as well. With the exception of Jurassic World, they did not live up to their predecessor, but they were still enjoyable. Throughout the series, the gist of the story remains the same: Dinosaurs are alive and well and living in a protected environment, something bad happens and the dinosaurs attack. Pretty straight forward. No matter how prepared the humans think they are for any potential problem, unexpected things catch them off-guard. What the character of Ian Malcom calls ‘chaos’.
There is a moment in Jurassic Park III where Alan Grant’s assistant, Billy, picks up two velociraptor eggs as souvenirs. Raptors have been established throughout the films as highly intelligent and vicious. Grant discovers the stolen eggs and is immediately concerned that the raptors are going to come looking for them. He holds them over a cliff and is about to drop them when he pauses. He decides not to drop them but instead puts them in his backpack. A member of his party worriedly says, “Those things are still after us. What if they catch us with them?” to which Grant replies, “What if they catch us without them?” Chaos.
We all go through life pretty content, thinking that we are more-or-less ready for any potential problem. We protect our kids, we lock our doors, we get insurance, we wear our seat belts. But every once in a while, unexpected things catch us off-guard. Maybe the doctor calls with bad news, maybe you lose a loved one, or get betrayed by a friend or spouse. Chaos.
Faith in God is the one thing in our lives that remains constant. When things go off the rails, he doesn’t. When life throws chaotic events at us, he remains firm. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. I recently had a very difficult year. Unexpected things happened to me and nothing went as I expected. I spent hours in prayer and conversation with God. Joy, sadness, anger, disgust, worry, and every other emotion not in Inside Out were wrapped up in those prayers. When chaotic times come up for a Christian, they have two options: Blame God for letting them down, or turn to God to help them through it.
Let me assure you… Trouble WILL come. No ifs, ands, or buts. The raptors WILL find you. What if they catch you without God? The peace that God provides in times of trouble is priceless. I could have suffered through that year blaming God, and ignoring his comforting presence. But leaning on him and trusting him to get me through changed my year from ‘chaotic’ to ‘doable.’
There is no doubt in mind that when the raptors came into my life, I had what I needed. I had the love of a never-changing, hope-giving, joy-providing God. I’m so glad I kept him with me.
I love Jesus. I think my two daughters can change the world. I think you can too.
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