For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. So the body is not one part but many, I Corinthians 12:12-14, HCSB.
I love reruns. The old television shows with clean comedy and good language give me a reprieve and laughter from a busy schedule. I don’t get to watch very often, so I tend to choose carefully, based on the “laugh factor.” Gilligan’s Island is a sure-fire hit for a good laugh. The antics of Gilligan, the goofiness of Skipper, the wacky inventions of the professor, and the situation comedy of the others bring a smile, and my kids’ eye rolls at some of the jokes make me laugh out loud.
Seven people on an island. They went out for a pleasure cruise, but they wound up stuck on an island for several seasons—alone and isolated. They thought they were going to enjoy a day, and it turned out that they were caught in the storm of their lives. How many times does that happen to us spiritually? We let our guard down—after all, things are going well—the sun is shining, and there is no indication of a battle or a storm on the horizon. We go out for a “pleasure cruise,” and put the boat on autopilot. All of a sudden, we find ourselves in the fight of our lives. And, if we’re not careful, we will wind up on a spiritual island. We feel shipwrecked, and we think there is no way to get back home. We cut ourselves off from people who can help us, choosing instead to commiserate with others who are also stuck on that island.
When we find ourselves there on that spiritual island—isolated, alone and miserable because a storm capsized our walk, or a battle wounded us—we need to send up the rescue flare, ask God to forgive us, and get back with the family who will love us and accept us again. We need to go home. The island was a great backdrop for Gilligan, but it is a miserable place for the children of God. Get rescued, and go back to the family where you belong—and do it now.
Thought-provoker: Are you on a spiritual island, isolated and alone? What do you need to do to get back with the family of God and make things right with Him?
Lord, thank You that Your family is not an island, but a group of believers who love You and love each other. Thank You that I can always come back home, and I don’t have to be isolated and alone, even if it’s my fault that I find myself on a spiritual island. Lord, You are so good! Amen.
I hope you have a good, Godly day!