As episode six begins, Hikki has effectively broken up his friendship with Yui, because he thinks she’s only being nice to him because she feels guilty about her role in his delayed entrance into high school. And in episode six, when it looks like bridges could be built, Yui finds Hikki and Yukino together on a pseudo date as they shop for a present for their friend.
In many an anime, an entire angsty arc could have been made of this. SNAFU, however, resolves the problems by the episode’s end in really the most rational way. Whatever the two are feeling, they agree to put the past behind, evening the score, as it were, and starting over.
Their relationship becomes a redo.
I used to often think about how I’d redo my life. Even though most of us would probably say that ultimately, we wouldn’t change a thing, because what we did led us to who we are now, my past mistakes were so ridiculous and so fixable, that I dwelt upon them often and really wanted to change them. All that changed when I became older, married, and had children – but still, regrets remained.
And although I can’t relive the past, I can have a redo – a new starting point. One beauty of Christianity is this: no matter what we’ve done, no matter where we’ve been, and no matter who we are, God offers us a redo – a chance to start over. We can have an ugly reputation, but because other believers know what Paul meant when he said was was the worst of sinners, we know that genuine change can happen, even to those who we’d otherwise think could never change.
This redo is focused on one’s relationship with God. Once pictured like a boy or girl running away in the complete opposite direction of dad’s widespread arms, justification turns that little boy or girl around right into those loving arms. A complete 180 is occurring, and a fractured relationship is restored.
Bygones are bygones, no matter what hurt is involved. Just as with Hikki and Yui, the opportunity to start fresh is given. A believer can now come to the LORD with worries and hurts and sins, knowing that he or she has had a redo that will always lead to forgiveness.
When we make mistakes, a redo can mean the world. Certainly, I imagine it’s going to lead to honest friendship, at the very least, between Hikki and Yui. And for you and me, it can mean something even more – a new lot on life, a new heart, and a new way to live. This redo changes everything.