I remember when I was in Kindergarten living in Japan. My Mom was going back to visit family in Canada and I was asked what toys I wanted from the Sears catalogue. I didn’t really know what Star Wars was at the time, all I knew was that my friends were all talking about it and it was a big deal. So like any good kid impacted by peer pressure, I circled the Millennium Falcon in the catalogue…
I also circled a few of the characters that I thought were supposed to go into the Falcon. I don’t actually remember which ones, except that I know which ones I got, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker (I still have them so its easy to remember). I was at least half right about who belonged in there.
I loved that space ship, and I was one of those kids that took really good care of his toys too, probably because we had limited access to American toys in Japan.
Whatever the reason, even without the movies – Star Wars has been a part of my life, for a long time.
There is a scene in the new movie “The Force Awakens” where Han and Chewie find themselves back in the Millennium Falcon where Han states “Chewie, we’re home.” Probably how most Star Wars fans felt when they watched the new movie, that deep sense of familiarity and sense of comfort you can only find at home.
Here is the super condensed scene for you:
Chewie and Han find themselves at home in their once lost Millennium Falcon.
I long for that feeling, that feeling of being “home.” I think that’s probably why so many of the old toys and themes of our childhood are coming back to stores, it gives us an excuse to relive our childhood through our children.
But at my core I long for a kind of “home” that doesn’t require purchasing toys or watching movies. I long for a sense of peace and safety, assurance and comfort. An opportunity to say “I’m home” with a sigh of relief and a sense that all is right with the world.
The best part is that this is what Jesus offers us, an intangible home, a place of comfort for each of us to live and return to daily. The Holy Spirit is our place of refuge, our source of strength and renewal. Meeting with Him doesn’t rely on someone else making a movie or our buying a toy and fantasizing, it is simply our decision to take the time to be at home with our Saviour.
Paul described it like this:
“… I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
I know what it is to be in need,
and I know what it is to have plenty.
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,
whether well fed or hungry,
whether living in plenty or in want.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
The events surrounding us don’t matter, that place of refuge is there, waiting for us. When we spend time there we find ourselves able to do everything through Him and His Strength that He gives us.
So, where is your Millennium Falcon and how do you find it?
- Find a place where you can be quiet and alone without distraction, a place that brings you peace. Some go fishing, others clear out a closet; I find that the hot tub works best for me continue.
- Choose a time, even schedule it if you need to. Realizing that initially the call of busyness outside will make it hard to slow down and find that peace.
- Explore options for prayer and meditation as Jesus did (Luke 5:16) . New research has found that meditation actually heals the brain of addicts and provides dopamine (our pleasure chemical in the brain) to those who practice it regularly. Try things like focusing on your breathing as you ask God to bring you peace, or make a prayer list, journal, read your Bible, listen to music or even play an instrument of you’re so inclined. Other types of prayers like the “Awareness Examen” which has had an incredible impact on me, and “Lectio Devina” can be incredibly powerful as well. There is also something called “Prayer with the Imagination.” With Christ as the centre and focus of our thoughts, dwelling on Him and spending time with Him in this way is the ONLY way to really grow in our relationship with Him and KNOW His peace.
- Practice. It takes work, for some of us it may seem like we have never had that place to find rest, this is your opportunity to let God introduce you to your place of peace and quiet.
Choosing not to spend time with Jesus is like being in the desert, seeing the Millennium falcon fuelled up and waiting with open doors, and walking past hoping for something better, or assuming direction is found elsewhere.
In reality, everything is found in the place that we call home, in the resting place of our time and place with Jesus.
Photo Credit: starwars.com and/or Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope