I loved the “Back to the Future” movies from the 1980’s and early 1990’s. They starred Michael J Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as “Doc” Brown. My favorite was the original one which came out in July of 1985. Part II came out in 1989 and Part III came out in 1990. The movies were so popular that Universal Studios Florida created a “Back to the Future” themed simulator ride in 1991, which has since been replaced with another ride, but I rode on it sometime in the early 1990’s. I have a picture of the DeLorean car they used in all three of the “Back to the Future” movies. It’s now in a car museum in Los Angeles but for several years it was parked next to the “Back to the Future” ride at Universal Studios Florida. I’ll post my photo of it here one day (in the future 😂) if and when I find it!
Now the DeLorean was a pretty cool car in and of itself but this particular Delorean DMC-12 was a Space Time Continuum DeLorean equipped with a Flux Capacitor which enabled it to travel through time! 😂
What is it about time travel movies that so many of us find fascinating?
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
To me, a good movie should be both fascinating and entertaining. My movie preferences are light hearted comedies and movies that make me think about time in terms of the both the past and the future. Some of my other favorite movies in this genre are, “13 Going on 30,” “Forever Young,” “The Family Man,” and “Groundhog Day.” Movies like these make us ponder and think back about events in our own past.
We ask ourselves,
“Wouldn’t it be awesome to go back in time and relive some of our most memorable moments with our family and friends?”
But inevitably we would then ask ourselves,
“How cool would it be to go back and change something I did or didn’t do in the past?”
“What if I’d done this instead of that?”
“Why did I choose to do certain things or not to do certain things?
In actuality, no amount of daydreaming or escaping into the world of movie entertainment can erase or change the events or choices we’ve made in the past, or even the events that were not in our control, but we wish we could change in some way.
In reality, we all have a past and very likely have some things we would like to go back and change, if we only could. I believe the answer lies in Who we’ve placed our faith and trust in for our future.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Nonetheless, sometimes we still daydream or worry about the future.
“What will my life be like next year, or in 5 or 10 years?”
“What will the life of my children and my grandchildren be like in the future?”
But the Bible tells us,
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34
So take care of what you need to take care of today. Is there something God is prompting you to do? Then do it. Tomorrow may be too late. Set your focus on God and don’t be persuaded or distracted by the cares of this world. Pray about everything, don’t worry about anything, and trust in God at all times.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
More importantly, do you know for sure that if you’d died today that you’ll spend the rest of all of your tomorrows in eternity with God? If there’s any question in your mind about this, take care of it today, not tomorrow. God made a way for us to have eternal life by sending His Son to take the penalty for our sins. But, the first step in becoming an authentic Christian is in admitting you’re a sinner and being willing to turn from your sins. It’s a important step and one you can not go around. The next step is the step of faith: placing your faith and trust in Jesus alone, believing that He died and rose again on the third day.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
There is no other way or shortcuts. No other name, no amount of good works, no keeping of laws or ordinances, no “tumbling over the wall.” You must come through the Door.
Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.” John 10:7
The only way to right the wrongs of our past, and to know our future is safe and secure in eternity with God, is through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12