This past weekend I had some down time so I watched White Christmas and Polar Express. Last year I did a blog post about Polar Express but with new readers and some revisions I thought I would share my thoughts again. Here goes:
Polar Express, based on a book by Chris Van Allsburg, tells the story of one boy’s journey from doubt to faith. He lies in bed on Christmas Eve, hoping to hear sleigh bells, but his doubt grows. Later, he is awakened not by sleigh bells but by a train in his front yard. He walks out front and the conductor greets him with a question: “Well, are you coming?” Boarding the Polar Express soon turns out to be the smartest decision he makes.
The train is an adventure as he meets other children-a sensitive black girl; an obnoxious, know-it-all; a lost little boy who appears to believe all the things people have whispered in his ear- as well as the mysterious man on the roof, and others. He travels to the North Pole, where Santa will give away the first gift of Christmas. During the trip, the young boy continues struggling with doubt. Two messages stand out in the movie (among others).
Lesson #1: “It doesn’t matter where you’re going; what matters is deciding to get on.”
How many times have you allowed fear or hesitancy or the whispers of others in your ear, stop you from getting on the train? We run away instead of run to. When that happens we often grow cynical and bitter and “curse” our lot in life.
Lesson #2: “The most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”
Talk about a lesson in faith!! Does that not remind you of Hebrews 11:1? I daresay that probably all of us, at one time or another, have questioned what we believe in..even though we cannot see Him.
Those two statements sum up the reality of the Christian life. I choose to get on “the train.” He has drawn me to Himself but the choice is mine to get on board or not. Truthfully we have no clue whatsoever what getting on board holds for us. Faith and hope cannot be seen in tangible ways. It is a great time to hang on and let go. He won’t let go of you…that is a promise!! Let go of your doubt. Let go of your pride. Let go of your cynicism. Let go of your ego. Let go of your fears. Let go of your (you fill in the blank). Try riding the Polar Express.
Have you ever seen the movie? What are your thoughts and do you have any others you would like to add to mine? Feel free to do so. If you haven’t seen it, I think you should. Just try not to groan when the singer at the great event looks and sounds like Stephen Tyler from Aerosmith.