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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE

EXPLORING THE STORY OF 'THE RESCUE OF TIMMY TRIAL'

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” 
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures

If you could invent your own world, what kind of place would it be? If you went on a long visit to this other world, would you miss the real world we inhabit, and wish to return? No matter what their feelings were on the matter, for our two adventurers, Jack Merryweather and Timmy Trial, it was time to return to our world. They didn’t choose the moment or the manner, they simply followed their friends into an elevator in Aletheia, 

And walking through that elevator door was perhaps the strangest feeling yet of their very strange adventure.’

‘When Jack walked through the elevator door he shut his eyes tightly against the sudden brightness of the light. When he opened his eyes he realised that the glaring light was the hot sun which was shining brightly in the sky above him. Timmy stood close by, and both boys looked around them, and then stared at each other in silence.
Behind them were the farm sheds that belonged to Jack’s Grandad; before them stretched the field of golden barley waving and nodding in the warm summer breeze; and from behind the sheds came the sound of children playing in a playground…’

Can you imagine the sudden transformation from a world apart, where they had faced terror and excitement and danger… to a school playground at break time? There are the sounds of echoing shouts and (mostly) amicable games; everything they are familiar with from the most ordinary of days. Nothing has changed.

‘Was it possible that it was still only Friday lunchtime? Was it possible that they hadn’t been missed at all? Had everything been an incredible dream?...’

There has been a dramatic transformation in them, in Timmy most of all. His whole view of himself, and of God who created him and offered salvation to him, has fundamentally turned him in the opposite direction. Or has it…? In the routine of life, in the ‘ordinary’ world, when it most matters, will such a change last?

‘Jack looked at Timmy. Timmy looked at Jack. And Jack knew that if he looked anything like Timmy, his school uniform dirty, his hair wild, his face pale, and even a bruise on his forehead: well then, they must have been somewhere!...
It was assumed by their friends that they had been fighting; but both Jack and Timmy denied all knowledge of that. And besides, there was no doubt that they had returned from their excursion outside of the school grounds the very best of friends…’

They have returned to their world completely changed by Bible Truth. How it stands the test of time is a subject for another day. They will one day return to Aletheia and face new challenges… but that’s another story.

There is another world Christians will one day inhabit – as real as this one and so glorious that it is impossible to exaggerate its splendours. And that world lasts forever and ever, unlike the fragile, transient nature of this one. The reality is that, as far as God is concerned, we are more suited to live there than we are to live in this world.

We have new life which fits us to be there
(2 Corinthians 5:17; John 5:24);
We are citizens who belong there
(Philippians 3:20-21);
We have a rich inheritance waiting for us there
(1 Peter 1:4).


I wonder how much time we spend preparing for, and dwelling on, that future world…


“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
C. S. Lewis

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