I recently watched a movie again about a mentally challenged young man that no one really understands. Everyone calls him Radio; his real name is James Robert Kennedy. Ridiculed, laughed at, treated badly, and at best ignored; except for one man, the coach. He befriends him, treats him with respect. The relationship is challenging and challenged by those who don’t like it. They propose all sorts of alternatives for the relationship. Radio is scared at times, but he doesn’t hold any grudges even when mistreated. At the end of the movie there’s a stadium full of people cheering Radio.
I wonder sometimes if that’s how God sees us. We don’t really know or understand each other most of the time. People are a mystery to us. We see the world through our own eyes and experience and don’t understand why others don’t see it our way, too. We occasionally get in trouble because of it. Maybe more than occasionally. We mistreat each other out of ignorance. Yet, He understands us and does everything He can, and then some, to help us. And when it comes down to it the one thing He can do to really help us He puts Himself on the line for us as the coach in the movie does for Radio. I picture the end of our story will a grandstand full of saints cheering us as we arrive before our Coach, Savior, King, and God. And I think there will be tears in my eyes then as there was when the movie ended and they will be tears of joy!
John 3:16, 17, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”