I know the show is not Christian based, but we are watching the HBO series, The Last of Us, with Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. The premise is a virus mutates and attacks humans. When it does, it destroys their humanness and turns them into monsters, aka, zombie-like creatures.
Joel loses his daughter early on, and the show fast-forwards some twenty years later. Once a loving father and kind soul, he has become hardened by the events and all required to survive. The infected still exist, and those who have avoided it are either with the corrupt, evil, power-hungry government or an anti-government group who will kill anyone who doesn’t believe like them. Some fall in between but find it difficult and dangerous to live.
As the series progresses, Joel finds himself with a young girl who may hold the key to a cure. Originally seeing her just as a package, something starts to shift when his girlfriend on her death bed pleads, “Save who you can.” The journey is long and tumultuous to get the girl to a facility who can use her blood for a vaccine.
The divisiveness the infection has caused mirrors reality and shows that all extreme sides have wool over their eyes. Although the series doesn’t bring in the faith element, I see it. I believe the Holy Spirits resides in us to help us, and it chisels away at Joel’s broken and bitter heart. How else could he keep pressing on when he has lost everything that matters? Faith.
Truth is truth, and you don’t have to be a believer for it to work. Faith the size of a mustard seed can and will move mountains. Joel turns a corner and stops focusing on his reward/payment for delivering the “package” (girl) and wants to help her save humanity. She didn’t ask for immunity to the virus, but alas, she could end the suffering. Both press on, facing adversity after adversity. They may not know it, but they have faith.
I don’t know where the show will go, but just as Joel’s spirit has been touched, I pray our country will remove the wool from their eyes and allow God into their hearts. Right now, evil is convincing good people to accept bad things. People are compromising their beliefs simply to avoid peer pressure.
Retaliation is real, and it is when God’s light and love shines directly in the face of evil. Darkness does not like the light. The people have been deceived, and as Jesus said on the cross, “Lord forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.”
A small worship service in a college campus has ignited a fire of hope and is spreading. May the spirit of the Lord sweep through our country to heal us, because He is the only cure, and our faith in Him CAN move mountains. Never lose hope!
The stress of it all can consume us, and my book, A Healthier, Happier You, offers 101 ways for you to manage stress better. It is light and inspirational, so it won’t stress you out. May it encourage and bless you!