Episode 4: “A New Hope”. The scene takes place in the detention section of the Death Star. Luke, Han, and the Wookie have just rescued Princess Leia when they find themselves caught in a giant trash compactor. There’s a monster lurking inside. The walls begin to move and they face certain destruction. They are about to be crushed and disposed of along with the rest of the garbage. So what did our heroes do as they faced an ugly future? Did they quit? Did they kick back and enjoy their last few moments together? No, they kept trying new things until they got some outside help (R2D2) and made their way out of the garbage dump. Why did they keep trying? They not only wanted to live, but they had places to go, things to do, and people that needed their help. They had a future. They had hope.
Beloved, some of us may find ourselves getting a bit too comfortable in the garbage around us. We get so comfortable in this world that we don’t even notice that the walls are closing in around us. Some of us have learned to be friends with the monster lurking inside the garbage instead of being afraid. It’s time to wake up and find the way out. There is a way out, and there is Someone on the outside who wants to help you. You can change. There are places to go, things to do, and people to help. Our hope is that one day we will be with Him. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. (1 John 3:3)