Another Earth, Jeremiah 29.10-14, and being redeemed when we go off the plan

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This is just something I’ve been pondering, and contains incomplete thoughts…

If you haven’t seen the movie, then you regardless of what you think of this post, I would recommend seeing it. Suddenly, another earth appears in the sky. Shock waves ensue when this happens, as one might suspect. Upon the appearance, the center of the story, while drinking and driving, careens into a parked car killing a child and a pregnant woman and putting the husband in a coma. Four years later, she is let out of jail which is where the story picks up. It is revealed that the other earth is similar to ours in every way right up unto the point where both earths see each other. During the mean time, the young woman attempts to make it right with the husband who has come out of a coma. Throughout the course of their relationship, she doesn’t reveal who she is. Romantic feelings develop between the two and they eventually consummate their relationship. A billionaire conducts a lottery for people to travel to the other earth. She wins. She informs the husband, now more of a lover, of who she really is. Needless to say, the reaction is not what she wanted. She wins the lottery and in the end, gives the ticket to him. After all, his family on the other earth survived. The movie closes with the young woman’s alternate self showing up on her door.

Earlier this week, Dr. Mariottini posted, in a series, on the story of Jacob and God, in which Jacob overcomes God. This morning’s lectionary reading was from Jeremiah 29.10-14,

This is what the LORD says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the LORD. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” (Jer 29:10-14 NLT)

How do these things converge? I have come to believe in God’s Sovereignty, much more than I have in the past, but there is also a form of freewill which makes Salvation possible. I am drawn to this verse:

So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. (Phi 2:12 NAB)

There is a Script, but sometimes, going off of it is necessary, is human.

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