- David Brown
- Nov 09, 2009
- Category: Dreams, Purpose
Disney released an animated film this year called “Up”. It’s about a 78 year old man, Carl Fredricksen, who ties thousands of balloons to his house, taking flight for South America. It was a lifelong dream that he’d had with his late wife to explore some exotic, far away place. One day, Carl inadvertently hit a construction worker. As a result, he was being forced to go to a retirement home, but before they can “take him in”…he lifts off and heads south. He has barely gotten off the ground though, when he discovers that he’s not flying alone. Russell, an eight year old neighbor kid is a stowaway and has come along for the ride. Together, they make the trip to a lost land where they encounter talking dogs, a bird named Kevin and an evil villain. It’s an exciting ride for the both of them and of course, everything turns out all right in the end.
If you want to know, I give this movie five stars. It’s a great family film. It comes out on DVD on November 10th.
To the point though. Up is the direction we want to go. We all have dreams, just like Carl. We’ve all made mistakes and errors in judgment, just like when Carl hit the construction worker. And, we’ve all felt forced to do something, go somewhere or be something that someone else decided for us. That makes us want to escape…just “take off” as if thousands of balloons were taking us away to our dream.
Okay…back to reality. One of these days, we will escape to eternity with God in the new heavens and the new earth. Bank on it. But meantime, we’re living life. Life is a place where mistakes are made, wives die before we do everything we want to do and little boys, or girls, or maybe big boys and girls come into our lives unexpectedly, messing up our plans. It’s a crazy, confusing, conflicting life we live on this planet. But through faith in God, we can go “up”.
Heaven is our future. So, life goes “up” from here! Yeah! We may have down days, down times, downward turns in our circumstances, but we also know that “the Lord will lift us up”!
The Psalmists wrote lines like this. “He is the lifter of our heads.” “He lifts the needy out of the dunghill.” And, “I will extol thee. O Lord; for you have lifted me up…”
Jesus cast a demon out of a little boy one day, took him by the hand and “lifted him up”!
I still believe in the “rapture” when Jesus comes in the air and catches “up” all who believe in him…and so will we ever be with the Lord!
God loves to lift people “up”
Do you need to be lifted up? He’ll do it. Trust him.
You’re life is lifting off and going “up”.
“Up’ is the direction of God.
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