Sticking with TV themes, MacGyver was a sitcom from the 1980’s that was filled with intense and often times ridiculous storylines. MacGyver worked for a research company and often got into unreal and challenging situations, often including action, fire, and explosives. Time after time, he nearly escaped death by using strange and rare objects to escape danger just in the knick of time. Conversations after each week’s episode would often include endless jokes as to how MacGyver could narrowly escape getting blown from a yacht filled with massive explosives while speeding directly towards a huge rock. Surprisingly, week after week, he successfully escaped and had great ratings in the process.
You could say MacGyver and the girls from “Facts of Life” have a common theme. Maybe it is a cheesy theme from the 80’s sitcoms that we can consider in our day to day lives. Things may feel like they are falling apart. Our relationships with others may have bumps along the way. We may feel overwhelmed and like we are heading towards that massive rock with things exploding all around us. If this hits close to home to you, repeat over and over the thoughts in verse 2 of Isaiah 43: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you: and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned: The flames will not set you ablaze.” We may feel like things aren’t going the way we have planned, but in our reading today let’s keep in mind: God has us. He has our lives in his hands. He is so faithful. He will be there through it all- we have nothing to fear. We have the best ending ahead of us if we continue to stay focused and true to his will for us.