If you haven’t been watching TV, you might have missed it. The program, aired on network television, is about a group of survivors of an airliner crash (9/11 anyone?) stranded on a deserted island. The group (of about 47) is looking anxiously for a rescue, but, if it came, that would be the end of the show, so they keep looking, and waiting.
The program explores not only the island on which they are stranded (and it requires serious examination) but also the survivors themselves. Each person brings with them their own story, their own history. What makes the show so popular (and due credit goes to the writing staff) is its true-to-life feel. In the end, the viewer realizes that you cannot place people into stereotypes, and expect them to stay there.
Does any of this sound familiar? Every time we ignore God and try to discover purpose and meaning ourselves, we end up stranded. Sure, there are answers out there. Evolution, the most popular, says we came from goo. That’s encouraging when you are facing life’s toughest battles, isn’t it? Godless living doesn’t give us much hope. Aren’t we stranded on this deserted island (Earth?) looking for a rescue? Aren’t we looking to the sky, to the horizon, to ourselves, trying to discern the way home?
Like the survivors on this deserted island, we are lost, especially if we resist the call of Jesus Christ. Do you really want to know the way off of the island? Jesus once said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:8) Jesus is the “author of their salvation,” (Hebrews 2:10) the trailblazer, the pioneer of the trail homeward. We are the ones who have lost our way. “All we like sheep have gone astray. Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.” (Isaiah 53:6) God has drawn map. Now He draws us to Himself. Will you come?