When the TV series “Lost” ended last week, millions of viewers were watching. One thing that “Lost” did was play around with the rules of time; viewers were never quite sure if the scene we were watching was past, present, or future. Past moments foreshadowed future events, present experiences paralleled happenings of the past, and ultimately the series ended in a kind of timeless moment that could have been any time, and every time.
The Holy Spirit also plays around with the rules of time a little bit. This week, I'm thinking about HOPE, a profoundly future-oriented theme. And we experience the future-focus of hope in the present moment because we recall what God has done in the past – past/present/future are all contained in this one timeless idea.
To help think about what hope is, there's a passage in Romans 5 that tells us “…hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” The source of Spiritual hope is God’s love. Knowing that God’s love is given, we may envision the future with confidence, imagining the possibilities that God has in store for this remarkable creation.
In that last episode of “Lost,” just before operating on his spine, Jack says to Locke, “Everything is going to be okay.” When Locke asks him if he really knows for sure that everything is going to be okay, Jack responds, “No, I might kill you. I was just saying that to make you feel better.” And they laugh. None of us really knows exactly what the future is. No one. Having hope doesn’t mean we know for sure, it means that whatever happens, we’re going to be okay.