Jesus in the Cold and Dark

Over the three day weekend, my family and I took a road trip to Columbus, Ohio. Nothing fancy, we just wanted to go far enough to feel like we were “getting away”. Columbus is a nice place to visit, a typical Midwestern city yet possessing its own special charm. Thanks to the advent of smartphones, we didn’t plan a Sunday itinerary. We just googled that morning and discovered what Columbus had to offer.

After sleeping in very late 🙂 we made our way downtown to grab some lunch in the Short North art district, and then on to COSI (Center for Science and Industry).

We were lucky to be there on the last day of their Titanic artifacts exhibit. Needless to say it was fascinating to see artifacts from the actual Titanic wreckage. They were enclosed in temperature controlled glass cases and the lighting was dimmed to reduce stress on the objects. The exhibit walked you through the ship’s triumphant launch to its ultimate demise.

We left COSI, grabbed a bite to eat, went back to the hotel, coaxed the toddler to bed, went to bed ourselves. I woke up around two o’clock that morning, had some trouble getting back to sleep. I lay there in the darkness recalling the scene from James Cameron’s Titanic where the members of the crew were trying to escape up a staircase but were abruptly stopped by a metal gate.

In the dark I was thinking, what if that were me? What if I were trapped in a sinking ship, cold water swirling around, knowing I would drown within minutes. Would I panic like a wild animal? Would I feel peace that passes understanding? Would I be overtaken by fear? Would I feel certain of my eternal fate?

When I think of God, I think of warmth and light. Drowning in the bowels of the Titanic couldn’t be more opposite, yet my faith tells me somehow Jesus was there and accessible to all who called out to him on that frigid night.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,m neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Imagine watching the gates close in front of you, knowing you are about to die a cold dark death, yet still believing and hoping in Jesus. Now imagine the same scenario without Jesus. Why would anyone chose the latter?

Why would a person not invite Jesus to walk them through the transition from life to death to eternal life? Do they think they will find the way on their own? If so I say, “Are you mad? Do you not realize just how cold and just how dark it can get?”

Jesus knows the way. It may be scary at times, but follow Him and you won’t get lost. That’s a guarantee, and it’s the only guarantee.