:: hope ::

Mingo told me about an episode of the Twilight Zone that his Major Bible Doctrines prof had them watch. It was about hell, or a hell on earth. In typical Twilight Zone fashion, it wasn't what you'd expect (I wouldn't watch those when I was a kid because I couldn't handle the unreality of it all). The character who lived in this hell got everything he wanted. His desires were satisfied before he even voiced them. He was living in a mansion, waited on hand and foot, catered to. When he wanted food, it appeared before him. When he was finished eating, the table became a pool table. In his desire-satisfaction state, however, just one shot sent all of the balls to the pockets. All the women wanted him.

I was just talking to Sonia about this picture in our conversation about longings and the sometimes-mess that happens from getting what we want. It occurs to me that hoping, having something to look forward to, not having finished the book but anticipating the last chapter, adds color instead of taking it away. We ask for things with such fervence that it would seem that the realization of those dreams would be the ultimate joy. Something in me is wondering now, though -- would it be a living hell to have nothing left to hope for?

"Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know what to pray for as we ought..."


Blogger Saint Me said...

I love the Twilight Zone.

You being interested in my blog + finding time to write = I put a new post up.

12:27 PM  
Blogger :: mandy :: said...

Splendid! :)

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Cameron Griffith said...

Mandy, I could see your point. I hope for the future and what the Lord may show me because it hasn't been made known to me yet. I also hope for getting up tomorrow to praise the Lord but who knows what will happen. Nice words on Hope. I also have three or four friends named Hope. Does that make them more hopeful than me? Any thoughts?

6:03 AM  

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