I love Star Wars. Considering the time period in which the movies were made and the incredible breakthroughs in special effects that were used, I still think they are among the best movies ever.
Futuristic fantasy fiction is a hard thing to write or produce well and still keep the characters relevant. Luke Skywalker, the troubled youth, had many bad things happen in his life that were beyond his control. He didn’t give up. His struggles kept making him stronger and wiser, more focused, and more purposeful about the direction he had chosen to go.
All of us hit rough spots in life. I remember the old Johnny Horton song lyrics from The Battle of New Orleans. “They ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles. They ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn’t go.”
There are briars and brambles along everyone’s path at some point in time. Like the characters in Johnny Horton’s song, maybe the best way to get through those rough patches is to run through them. If you’ve ever been hiking and gotten tangled up in a briar patch, you know that the more delicately you try to extract yourself, the more briars will grab hold of you in another place. If you’ve ever been in the midst of brambles, you know that you come out the other side with the stickers hanging all over your clothes.
The point is, don’t give up in the middle of your tough place! Get through it. You will survive it, even though you may get some scratches along the way and get so tangled up that you think you’ll never get free from the mess. You will, if you just refuse to give up.
Hebrews 12:1 – 2 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Wow! Those verses are loaded with good stuff. Sin clings to a person just like briars and brambles. The one who is caught up in the middle of sin may not see how to get free. And even Jesus, although He was sin free, had to face the briars and brambles in His life. He knew the agony he was facing, the shame and humiliation. He also knew the victory that waited for Him on the other side of that rough place. He knew that He would be reunited with God for eternity after his sacrifice for mankind was made.
You may be having a tough time right now. You may not know which way to turn to get yourself out of the trouble you are in, but God knows. Put your focus on Him and run toward Him. You are going to make it out of your briar patch if you will let God help you.