Have you ever been there? You know, just chilling? Kicking back, watching a show–and God just kind of gobsmacks you?
Is it just me then?
I was watching this week’s mid-season finale of The Flash, and this bit of dialogue hit me like a bolt out of the blue:
The man in the yellow suit “has taken enough from us.” Beyond it’s literal meaning within the context of the show (a man in a yellow suit–the Reverse-Flash), I was struck by what an apt metaphor it was for anything we let rob us of our joy.
It could be fear. It could be getting passed over for a promotion. It could be a slight, real or imagined. It could be we feel like we aren’t getting , or didn’t get, the love we felt we deserved.
It could be any decision we make from that place of trying, at all costs, to avoid getting hurt again. Or letting hatred take us down a road that Jesus can’t follow.
The man in the yellow suit is anything which keeps us shackled to the hurts, slights, fears, pains… which in turn keep us from being all that Jesus says we are in Him.
For myself, I’ve spent an inordinate number of years trying to make up for something that I can never get back. Like Barry’s father says to him in the show:
It’s time to let go.
It’s time to live.
Is there anything keeping you from really living into all that you should be? Is it time, and are you ready, to let it go?