Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Friend's Thoughts on This Broken World

I was thinking about blogging something CS Lewis-ish on what happened yesterday in Orlando--a trainer killed by Tilly, a 12,000 pound Orca (Killer Whale). There's something so tragically "Narnia-ish" in this when the whole country of Narnia was under the power of the white witch...many of the animals wild and dangerous when that's not the way it was supposed to be in Narnia. Lewis really had a grasp on the "glorious ruins" we are as humans and the "glorious ruin" this world is in every arena of life.

Of course, with Aslan giving his life, "the stone table (of the law of death, danger and disaster because of evil and rebellion) broke and death itself began working backwards (one of my most favorite quotes in all of the Chronicles)." Winter began to thaw in Narnia and Aslan was on the move! What a picture of the hope of the Gospel! Death working backwards in all of the entire cosmos...yet we do not now entirely see all things subject to Christ...but we will...we will.

It is so very tragic that an animal, also affected by the fall, would turn on its trainer. Like I said, I was going to blog myself on this, but my dear friend Scotty Smith from Nashville did the same thing this morning...and as usual, Scotty puts things better than I could have anyway...

so here are Scotty's words (hope he doesn't mind)...

"Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!" Revelation 5:13

Dear Lord Jesus, I cannot imagine the horror and trauma of those who witnessed the death of an Orca trainer yesterday at Sea World. We pray, especially for the children who were present… bring your healing hand and loving heart to bear. By whatever means you choose, we pray for your redeeming presence in this tragedy.

Jesus, gut-numbing events like this fuel my intense longing for the Day when “every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them,” will sing your praise forever in the new heaven and new earth. What Isaiah whispered (Isaiah 11:6-9; 65:17-25) and John envisioned (Revelation 21:1-5), we will enjoy with them—this very world redeemed and restored by you, Lord Jesus—the one who is making all things new.

The very fact that Orca are better known as “Killer Whales” just underscores the fact that nothing in this broken world is the way it’s meant to be. Orca were meant to sing and play, not attack and devour. The odious stench of sin, decay and death permeate every sphere of your creation. In fact, it’s far more incomprehensible to realize that over half of the world’s families exist for a whole month on the price of one Sea World ticket. Have mercy, Lord Jesus, have mercy… I know that you have, and I know that you will."

Well said, Scotty...well said.

Even so, "Come quickly, Lord Jesus!"

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