A large bouquet of balloons! Every now and then someone is trying to transport multiple balloons in their car. It’s quite a sight. Taking 25 large helium balloons and stuffing them into a small cab can be an exercise in frustration.
Push them successfully through the back door; open the front door and out they pop. Squeeze yourself inside. You made it inside but now you are smothered in a sea of balloons. Your visibility went south. And what happens when you make a quick turn or must slam on the brakes? How will the police officer write you that warning ticket for ‘Inappropriate ballooning?’
Going to Great Lengths
It is remarkable what great lengths we will go to express our love. People risk life and limb to message their love onto water towers. They spray it on bridge overpasses. They hang banners behind airplanes. Automobiles stuffed full of balloons.
In the animated film UP an aged man’s home stands in the way of major, downtown construction. This endangered octogenarian makes a grand escape floating away in his home beneath a huge bundle of balloons. Only problem is his airborne mansion has a young stowaway. Together they land in what appears to be a place of great promise. Through a series of unfortunate events this youth is captured by threatening predators. To rescue the boy, the old man must again lift his home into the heavens.To do so he must dump out every precious valuable possession inside the home. He gives it all up to save the boy.
A Connection – Lifted Up and Letting Go
You see the connection. It’s twofold. God in Christ gives everything in love to live in relation to us. Like the old man, our Lord puts his life on the line. He’s lifted up-letting go of everything. And so with us—all the stuff we accumulate amounts to nothing when it comes to love, and its costs. We let go of it. We hold on to it less tightly.
I remember a family whose child was threatened by serious illness and multiple hospitalizations. They hocked everything to save her. Their priorities were in the right order. No car stuffed with balloons. Just hearts stuffed with sacrifice for the safe of another.
Jesus spoke of himself as ‘the way, the truth and the life.’ The implication is mind boggling—his way is the way to life and the greatest truth. Because it is so, go do something extravagant for the sake of another.
Hoping You Will,
David Sloop, Grace Interim Pastor