The other night, I decided to re-watch an episode of this popular series with my Dad. It was the very first time that he has seen an episode of this show, and the only reason why he was so interested is to be able to witness the epic battle scene that broke the internet last month.
As expected, he got so carried away on the sword-fighting parts. Though he never knew the names, I asked him who’s the guy that he was rooting for, and he told me he wasn’t sure, though it looks like the “kulot” deserves to win. He does not even know that he was actually referring to the protagonist.
As the episode goes on, it was becoming clear already that the protagonist’s pack was being outnumbered. And as he was being crushed to death by the piled up corpses of his own men, my Dad said, “Wala, mamamatay ‘to!” (No, he’s going to die!)
I remembered the very first time I have seen the episode, I was nervous as well. I just couldn’t stand to watch the man I’m rooting for die in the hands of his sadistic enemies. But since this is my second time to see this, I sat there unfazed, confident and assured that the man is going to win this battle. Of course. I already know how this episode is going to end.
Even if it looks like he is losing right now.
It’s like this as well in our lives. There will be times that we find ourselves engaged in a battle, be it in the campus, in the workplace, or even in the closed walls of our room — a battle against our against ourselves. Whatever battles they are, sometimes it just hurts so much that we keep on wondering, “Didn’t I pray enough? Why can’t God make these storms just disappear?”
Well, sorry to burst your bubble, beloved, but let me tell you this: just because you pray, that doesn’t mean these storms you are facing will magically be gone.
I’m not saying that prayer is not necessary, because it is. But it just does not work like that. Our lives as a Christian is not and is never going to be storm-free. In fact, we need these storms. Because in the roughest storms, we prove the strength of our Anchor.
He quieted the wind down to a whisper,
put a muzzle on all the big waves.
And you were so glad when the storm died down,
and he led you safely back to harbor.
(Psalm 107:29-30 MSG)
However, when the arrows of the enemies come crashing down on us, we can find ourselves anchored in the truth that Jesus does not leave us in the middle of our fear and pain. In fact, He has already overcome the giants. He has conquered that war for you.
He said, “Attention everyone—all of you from out of town, all you from Jerusalem, and you King Jehoshaphat—God’s word: Don’t be afraid; don’t pay any mind to this vandal horde. This is God’s war, not yours.
(2 Chronicles 20:15 MSG)
The battle wasn’t yours to begin with, it is His and He has won it.
And the better news? He is giving that victory to you. It’s yours to keep.
So remember that every time you find yourself in the middle of an epic battle scene, you can sit there unfazed, confident and assured for you already know how the story goes.
I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”
(John 16:33 MSG)