Life's Lesson from the Life of Pi
2 Corinthians 4:8-15New InternationalVersion (NIV)
8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed;perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in ourbody. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work inyou.13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[a] Since we have that same spirit of[b] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
Last Tuesday, I had the chance to watch the greatest movie I have ever seen in my entire life…the best movie for me, I supposed. It was God’s answer to me-reminding me of the response that He is expecting from me as I face the NEW YEAR. It is the movie entitled the “Life of Pi.”
|Pi and Richard Parker in the Life Boat- a perfect picture of being cornered with storms and trials in life. We might see this as a tragedy in our life but a perfect place and perfect time to know the sovereign God.|
|Richard Parker on the boat ready to devour Pi.|
|Pi struggling with the rain and the waves as he is in the lifeboat with Mr. Richard Parker. Feeling cornered and nowhere to run, he shouted and surrendered himself to GOD.|
|Pi mastering the moves of Richard Parker - ready to win over him, he learned how to discipline his Richard Parker.|
|Pi clinging on the branch, watching every creature swallowed by the fresh water turned into acid .|
16-18 So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on theoutside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside,where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye.The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’tsee now will last forever.