It was a typically steamy summer day in 2005. My son and I decided to seek relief in the dark, refrigerated atmosphere of the Carmike.
The movie was a momentous one. It was the end of an epic saga that had begun in my own youth and was finishing in my son's. We watched with rapt attention as the main character of the story went from a noble and idealistic hero to a dark and sinister villain.
With each passing moment, we drank more Coke and ate more popcorn. I fought the urge to leave and go to the bathroom with all my might. But the pain of not going won and I set a new world speed record for relief that still stands in my memory today.
If you haven't guessed by now, the movie we saw was Revenge of the Sith. At the time it was to be the last of the Star Wars movies.
And it was, until last October.
That was when George Lucas sold the rights to the franchise to Disney.
You'd have to be a fool to think they wouldn't make more movies. After all, they have to make money on their purchase, right? The sure way to keep Star Wars in our minds is not solely through merchandise sales. If you want a new crowd of followers, you have to keep telling stories.
The next one comes out in 2015.
If you're an introvert like me, you don't like change. Combine that with being older and it's a double threat. But life doesn't care about those things. The world out there will do what it will. You can either keep up or check out.
Sometimes you feel like you're standing on a rock with waves crashing all around you. You'll get soaked, but if you keep your balance, you won't get knocked off.
Life is a lot like that.
If you know Jesus, life can still feel like that. Here's the story behind the analogy. The waves that splash and crash around you is the reality of living in a sin-soaked world. The rock you stand on that gives you balance is your total trust in an unchanging God who will hold on to you no matter how hard or high the waves crash.
Stand on that and you'll stay afloat in the strongest storms.