In the animated movie “Home”, Gratuity “Tip” Tucci is sad because her mother has been taken away by aliens who are “making room” as they relocate to Earth. Tip is also justifiably mad at the aliens who have done this. “Oh”, a shunned alien tries to befriend Tip and her cat “Pig”, but he continuously catches the brunt of her anger. In the final scene of the movie, “Oh” resolves a conflict involving another very angry alien and tells Tip the other alien was “Cranky and irrational and physically violent, just like Humans Girl. He was sad mad.”
Have you ever been “sad mad”? I want to share my heart here. Fortunately, I’ve not been “cranky, and irrational and physically violent” – well, maybe a little bit cranky – but I have been sad and mad lately. I’m sad because of so much tragedy; shootings, weather disasters, life-altering injuries to teenagers, lives lost – ESPECIALLY very young lives. I can’t make sense of it. The senseless nature of these tragedies is frustrating. It makes me mad as well as sad. I was concerned that I might be mad at God. He’s supposed to be in control of all of this, right? After thinking about that for a time, I realized my limited understanding of God was enough to tell me He was not the author of all this chaos, but He certainly saw it coming. So why didn’t He stop it? What in this wacked-out world was He doing? Bingo.
I’m mad at the world; the crazy, seemingly chaotic, messed-up world. God’s love for us is perfect, but we, mankind, chose to desire a knowledge of the opposite of perfect love. The perfect world as they knew it, Paradise free of evil and death, became off-limits after Adam and Eve, against God’s instruction, ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They consumed the knowledge of evil and death and were exiled into that realm, out from the gates of Paradise. God warned them “On the day you eat that fruit, you will die.” Of course, they didn’t die that very day, but death has become part of life ever since. I’m sad because sin pays dividends of death and death brings a separation from loved ones. I wonder how God felt the day sin brought a separation between himself and the man and woman He created?
Because that knowledge enabled mankind to become instruments of evil and death, we can never, in our mortal lifetimes, return to Paradise and into the presence of the Holy and perfect loving God. That makes me sad. I would love to live in Paradise instead of in this fallen world where tragic things happen. There is a way. I’m so thankful that for confessing my sins and accepting Christ’s death as atonement on my behalf, and believing in Jesus’ death destroying resurrection, God has provided the way for me back to Paradise with Him where I will join the great reunion in Glory and I will never be sad mad again.
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