How Interstellar, Relativity, and Jesus make me want to be a better Husband and Daddy.

[vc_row fullwidth="false" attached="false" padding="0" visibility="" animation=""][vc_column border_color="" visibility="" width="1/1"][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"]I love movies.  If you know me, count me as a friend, or have spent any time with me on a regular basis, there's a solid chance that I have thrown a movie line at you - maybe two, even three. A few of my favorites:

"Do you want to hear the most annoying sound?"

"I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies!"

"Talk to me, Goose."

"Every man dies, but not every many truly lives."

"What we do in life…"

If you knew any of those or could finish the last one,  we could be friends.  Instant common ground holds us up as we laugh for the 49th time about Lloyd and Harry, get swept away with the wind, fly F-14 Tomcats with our hair on fire, sacrificially inspire a clan to become a country, or topple a corrupt empire with mad gladiatorial skills.

You know... everyday stuff.

It's not so ordinary though, and that's why we get caught up, if only for a moment (well, approximately 2 hours), to another place and time.  Jim Carey makes us laugh till our guts hurt.  Maverick makes us get a cool haircut in junior high (yes).  Rhett and Scarlett dredge up wounds in our country that still haven't healed. Maximus persuades us to go to the gym again (yes).  And William Wallace - well, he makes us go to Scotland to see if we are indeed related to Robert the Bruce (yes, under the guise of a mission trip).

While some movies are one-timers, there are others that hit us like a truck.  Jesus uses them as a window to our soul (thank you, Ken Gire).  For a brief moment, the plot jumps from the screen to our heart.

Interstellar had me from "hello".

I will concede that you may not like it.  It's not for everyone.  For starters, it's sci-fi and that can be like eating school lunch for some people.   Others (church peeps) will love the spiritual undercurrent, but will, once again, be disappointed with the ending you keep expecting Hollywood to deliver.

Matthew McConaughey (before he started doing weird Lincoln commercials) plays Cooper, a widowed astronaut, trying to survive with his father-in-law and two children in a world that can no longer grow food.  He heeds the call from NASA (now underground) to travel beyond our galaxy (wormhole - of course) to find a new home for humanity.

One scene completely wrecked me.  Just one.  That's all it took. (If you haven't seen the movie, I'm spoiling one moment here, but it's a good one.)

Cooper and his crew identify a potentially viable planet.  The only problem?  Because of the Theory of Relativity (not so theoretical in the movie), they will lose time - a lot of time.  For every hour they spend on the surface of this new planet, the time on earth will be 7 years.

Cooper has a teenage daughter and son back on earth.  What's at stake is plastered all over his face as he considers the potential cost.

He devises a plan that will have them on the surface for the least amount of time.  But as with all plans in movies, they are meant to be foiled and Interstellar delivers a whopper.

They finally make it back to their ship (minus one crew member) and 23 years has passed on earth.

23 years.

Cooper plays back 23 years of video messages from his kids.

He missed it.  All of it.

His father-in-law had died.  His son had married and had kids of his own.  His daughter never forgave him for leaving in the first place. Eventually, they stopped sending messages.

All he can do is cry.   I cried with him.  In fact, I've seen it 4 times and I cry every time.

It's a minor plot point in the story, but one that cut deep to my core.  So deep that I am praying that it will continue to affect a major plot point in my own life - as a Husband and Father.

Scripture tells us that God puts eternity in our hearts(Ecclesiastes 3:11).  He also sets the boundary lines for our life here on earth (Acts 17:26).   The time is fixed.  Boy, does it fly by.  Our moments are just that... momentary.

We remember.  Both the amazing and the awful, wishing we could slow down the good and reverse the bad.

A quick glance into my past and vivid pictures emerge:

Standing at the end of the aisle as my beautiful Bride-to-be said she would.   Getting the call that Granddaddy was with Jesus.  Meeting our tiny little girl in Saigon, who smelled like pine and could almost fit in a shoe. A painful and scary fall down a flight of stairs that made us afraid we were losing our little boy, and God's faithfulness as we heard his sweet cries for the first time.  Our own tears as we lost two glory babies, followed by Abijoy in the morning.

So many beautiful moments.  I don't want to miss one.

Lord, teach me to number my days. 

You see, we're finite creatures made for eternity.  Our moments of time on earth only find their true meaning in Christ, who is not bound by time and space.  And yet He stepped into time and space, put on flesh, and made a way for us to be with Him.

I will leave you with my favorite line from the movie:

Love is the one thing we're capable of perceiving that transcends time and space.

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