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Disaster Flicks

April 30, 2020

A text conversation:

Me: I’m watching the Day After Tomorrow!

My friend: Again? How many times have you watched that movie?

Me: Um, I know lots of the dialogue by heart, so, more than a few times.

I love disaster movies. Love them. Why? I have no idea, but I’ve a feeling we’ll suss it out within the space of this post. Where did it start? Perhaps when there were only three channels on TV and one special movie a week. It was called “Saturday Night at the Movies.”

“Get the popcorn and the tall bottles of Pepsi, Mom!”

(Sorry, Coke, I knew you not back then. I think I’ve made up for it by now, though (said the girl whose staples list includes two cartons of Coke. One every day or so, so no picking on the unhealthy habits of this girl). It’d be a disaster for me to go for one and come back empty-handed. That’s the kind of disaster we can all deal with. Right?)

Back to my family movie night. We’d all hunker down into the sofa or grab a pillow and lie on the floor, eyes riveted on whatever came on. 

Friday nights with Ghoulardi (Cleveland’s own), Saturday Night at the Movies
and then
Chilly Billy Cardilly (Pittsburgh’s own) at 11:30.

I remember my first disaster movie. Airport (1970), I think it was. The thrills, the chills (sounds like a trailer for the movie), the edge-of-my-pillow (I was the one who watched while lying on the floor) ride along with a maybe/probably/oh wait doomed flight. It was fun to cheer and groan with my family as we watched.

I admit, I’ve watched a lot of movies this April, and not a few were of the cataclysmic variety. Thinking about my predilection for them, I checked into the current trending movies. Wanna guess what’s hot? Yup. Disaster flicks rule. I guess this helps me understand why I like them. 

Something worse is happening to someone else

You know what? There’s usually a fairy-tale ending where, by some great odds, our heroes make it and the bad guys get killed by a rogue wave or a falling building or something like that. Yay for the good guys. The director makes those villains so wicked we don’t mind when they die. Come on. You know you’ve cheered when the bad guy falls off the edge of the boat to a swarm of alligators (Tarzan). I did.

But the most dramatic, mind-blowing, get-up-offa-that-thing disaster is coming (and maybe sooner than we think). Take note. It’s not a movie! I think its title could be “DanEz-Rev.” Like that? It’s a combination of the biblical books of Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation, where most of the end-of-the-age Scriptures are found. There are other passages, but the bulk are in these three books, along with Zechariah, and Matthew, and 1 Thessalonians, and… You get the drift. (Bear in mind; I am not a scholar, just a very interested Jesus-follower). The Bible is not stingy when it comes to telling us what’s to come. And God’s Word hasn’t been proven wrong. Never will be.

A meteor-like formation called “Wormwood” is hurled to the earth.

Let me tell you, the people who will be involved won’t like it at all. It won’t be a time where earthly “heroes” walk away unscathed. Earthquakes the likes of which have never happened before. A war in heaven. Satan hurled down to earth, set upon the destruction of any who oppose him. Famines. Darkness. “Locusts” whose scorpion-like stings cause the victims to crave death. “Horses” with heads like lions. Scorching sun that burns people and grass like fire. Can you think of worse disasters? 

I can.

After all of that, people will curse God. Yeah, I know, right? People with the will to say,“Yes” to His kind invitation will blaspheme His holy name and blame Him for their wretchedness and their refusal to accept life! What is up with that?

There is only one Hero in this disaster, and it is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the Almighty triune God (See Deuteronomy 6:4), and His patience with us stiff-necked people is about to run out. He doesn’t want anyone to perish, though. Seriously!

Don’t get caught looking down when you should be looking up. If you’ve a mind to (and I believe if you are reading this, you do), read John 3:16. Shoot, read all of the Gospel of John. Read about Jesus Messiah, the Chosen One who came to save us from our sins (Yes, we are all sinners).

Don’t get stuck in the real disaster that awaits all who refuse to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Come! Have life and have it abundantly. 

 “…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 (NKJV)

Please don’t mistake my comedic banter to mean I don’t take this as serious business, because I do. I know to Whom I belong, and I know where I am going when this earthly life ends. It’s where my sweet Sam went in 2014. And it’s where everyone who calls Jesus, Lord goes. It’s a sure thing because I know the One who brung me into this world—Jesus Christ.  

Time to share what I think is the stupidest disaster movie of all time.

2012 

Agreed?

Wanna share your favorite disaster flicks and carry on about why? Or, even better, wanna know about Jesus? Drop me a comment and let’s talk!

  1. What an amazing post, Lisa—-humorous but leading to a critical truth. I surrendered to Jesus in 1970 and have assurance of eternal life with Christ, as you do. I always enjoy your writing.

  2. Lisa,
    Every time I read your work I learn something interesting about you. As for disaster movies, none for me. I’m too tender hearted. Only happily ever after movies for me, please. And although Time doesn’t end in “happily ever after,” for everyone, it does promise it for those who place their faith in Christ. Lord, draw many to yourself!

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