Second Sunday of Advent: Peace

The other day I watched Alice Through the Looking Glass. Apart from having awesome filming techniques, effects, and story line (it makes more sense if you watched the previous one), it also taught me something important about Christianity.

The story is basically about Alice Kingsleigh who has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter, who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out.

It’s the concept of time that is key here. At one point, Time who is represented by an actual person that controls the life and death of everyone as well as past, present and future, tells Alice, “Everyone parts with everything eventually, my dear.” How hard we find it to share simple things of our material, earthly life when in fact, nothing here actually belongs to us essentially because we are pilgrims. How hard it is for us not to get stressed about life here when things go wrong or when we don’t get what we want. When we die, we will all part with everything here and nothing materialistic that we love will be taken with us.

Dear friend ‘searching for peace’,

It is so important to learn to not prioritize earthly possessions over relationships with people, but to focus instead on loving others and growing spiritually. Otherwise, when time runs out (and we don’t have as much time as we think we do) we’ll be disappointed about where we end up for eternity. If you receive a gift from someone for Christmas that is wrapped in nice wrapping with ribbon and you disregard the gift inside but only cherish the wrapping, it won’t be much use. God gave us life to be able to dig deeper, get to the real stuff, the life that matters and that’s our relationship with Him. We will part with everything eventually and if we’re not careful, we might choose the wrapper and forget about the gift and before we know it, it’s too late to experience the gift. We will never find permanent peace from this world. Only God is the one who can give us an everlasting peace.

In the film, Alice is head strong and wants to go back in time and save Hatter’s family. In doing so, she messes up time for everybody. Ultimately (I’m not going to spoil it any more don’t worry) she says, “I learned that I may not be able to change history but I can learn from it.” Yes! We cannot keep dwelling on the past, wishing we could change things or regretting past choices and experiences. What’s happened is behind us and if we choose to, we can move on and grow from our past. We cannot let the choices we made in the past that we wish we hadn’t done to keep us from being peaceful in our hearts. God has a plan for everything so if you’re the kind of person who keeps dreaming of different situations that could have happened instead of what did happen, just know that God knows what He’s doing. If you want to get rid of pointless worry in this short life, trust in God’s plan, learn from past mistakes, move on, grow and let Him give you inner peace.

With God, everything is possible and Alice pointed out herself that “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.” The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe that God can make it possible. Whatever you regret in life, my friend, whatever is always on your mind about the past, give it to God even if you think it’s impossible to get over. He will give you peace.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

Stay rad & God bless you!
Sarah 🙂

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