After catching up with recent episodes of Mekaku City Actors, up through episode five, I’m now totally hooked. I’m enjoying the characters, the art, the mysteries, and the tone of the series. I’m also liking the little post-show scenes involving the story of the monster. The last one, following episode five, particularly garnered my interest.
The monster, who last we saw approached by a boy, is asked by that same boy if the two can stay together. Having only experienced hurt from humans, she initially refuses. But the boy is persistent and he stays by her side, literally through stormy weather and good. And so, something begins to stir within the monster’s heart.
The story works as an analogy to the life many Christians live, putting God at arm’s length. Often it’s not necessarily purposely so, and we might even wonder why God isn’t a bigger part of our lives. Why is he so distant? Our head knowledge tells us that we believe in God and that, as the famous Footprints poem tells us, he is by our side and even carrying us through storms. So why aren’t we experiencing His blessing or feeling His comfort?
Maybe it’s because we are the monster.
All of us have been hurt by others on some level – some to the point of paralysis. We take our experiences and apply them to God, perhaps without even doing so consciously. How can we trust in a God who is invisible when we can’t even trust in those that are physically before us? And what has God ever truly done for me?
That mistake in applying others’ characteristics to God not only puts a self-made void between ourselves and the Almighty, it also totally paints God and His relationship with us in mismatched tones. We’re always going to be disappointed when we see God as someone that can give us something, like a genie out of a bottle. But if we see what God has already done for us, once for all through the cross, our perception might change and we might respond to Him in love – and that relationship that develops becomes the riches or blessing we never knew we desired.
The other part of the monster analogy is this, though – we have a monster in our lives that maybe isn’t visible. The creature called sin dwells within us, inside our castle walls, but it’s as good as slain if we open our hearts to God and metaphorically let Him as a warrior destroy it. First, of course, we must open those castle doors and respond with a contrite spirit.
The Christian life is both easy and hard, but the hardest part might be this – truly understanding the depths of God’s love. Because after that, it’s all a response, as the monster will open up to the boy, we will to the Father.
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