Archive for August, 2012

August 20, 2012

Time capsules

– –

The last time I went to Korea was in 2000.  Back then, being the pre-pubescent teens that we were, my brother and I returned from that trip with an arsenal of spring-action BB guns.  For about a month after being back at home, our entire house was covered in a sea of white BB’s – the resultant aftermath of our daily target practices.  From toilet paper rolls to water bottles; and the even more challenging task of the occasional, evasive fruit fly, we would spend hours on end shooting everything in sight.

Then one day, our joy was taken away from us quicker than when it had entered.

One night I was sitting on the couch watching TV with my mom, with my gun by my side, of course.  My mom, being the curious parent that she was, picked up my brother’s gun that was nearby and started to think aloud in Korean, “What is it about these guns that make you boys so excited?  Are these really that fun?”  And as she was waving the gun in front of me, she pulled the trigger not knowing it was loaded, and shot me in the face.  My mom shot me in the face.

Luckily, the BB hit me in the cheek and there was no serious damage done.  But from that moment on, my mom grew deathly afraid of the potential consequences of these weapons of doom that she threw them away… at least she said she did.

Twelve years later, the aforementioned BB guns reappeared (pictured above).  My brother was looking for something in my parents’ closet and inadvertently discovered our lost, childhood souvenirs.  I feel 11-years old all over again.

– –

Gospel Connection:  Often times in our lives we have moments of nostalgia that bring us back to a certain period in our past.  A specific smell might remind us of a season of the year, or looking through old pictures help us relive memories.  Not unlike these spurts of sentimentality, our Christian faiths experience similar types of reactions.  Going to retreats help “boost” our conviction to right our own spiritual lives, and coming back from missions trips revitalizes our passion to serve others.  A good sermon might linger with us for a while and even warrant us sharing it with a friend or two.  But we’ve all experienced both the “spiritual highs” and the inevitable lull that sets in after about two weeks.

Many people continue on living out their faiths on this roller coaster of a path.  Personally, I’ve always been uncomfortable with bouncing from one extreme to the other, so I always try to be as level-hearted as possible.  But I’m not perfect either, and am faced with the unavoidable burn-outs and peaks.  One thing that has always helped me is remembering that Christ is my “first love.”  The Korean culture is very big on first loves (첫사랑), but that’s not exactly what I’m getting at here.  More so than tapping into a source reminiscence, we are called to reflect on the everlasting love of God.  While our love for others fall subject to conditions and may fail, the love of Jesus rests on the foundation of the eternal character of the Triune Godhead.  The same God who created the universe from His words alone, is the very God who chose to love us before we existed.

I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.
But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.
Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.
– Revelation 2:3-5a (ESV)