When Things Couldn’t Get Worse, They Do and then…

Just when you’re at your wit’s end and you think things couldn’t possibly get worse, they do! What?!

Are you kidding me? I couldn’t take one more thing! God must hate me!

Here I am, in the prime of my youth, lying in my death bed! Hello? Is anybody out there? Does anybody care?!

As darkness falls, exhaustion extinguishes the last ounce of resistance the caterpillar has left.

It is hard, when we’re in the throes of change of life circumstance, when we’re caught off guard with seemingly no place to go. There are times when we are utterly lost, without resources and consider that eternal sleep might be a better option to all the conflict, struggle and pain…

Then, when things seem like they couldn’t get any worse; they do. And you’re ready to release that last thread of hope dangling from your heart.

What then?

Well, there is hope; hope that flows like an endless river with no beginning and no end.

But in the moment, when all is lost… that river seems so far away and unimaginable to fathom.

Authors have written about those darkest moments and their recoveries and we relish the stories, remember them well; yet it seems any inkling of hope seems so distant.

We can look back at 10 films, like

  • When Things Couldnt Get Worse They Do and then butterrflies emerge from caterpillarsSuperman II (1980)
  • E.T. (1982)
  • Star Trek II (1982)
  • Robocop (1987)
  • The Crow (1994)
  • Alien Resurrection (1997)
  • The Matrix (1999)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

When there was no hope and all was lost, by some miraculous intervention, the breath of life is breathed into the darkest hour…

And the caterpillar awakes only to find that it emerges a beautiful reincarnation with amazing abilities that could not have been imagined previously.

Two thousand years ago, two women sharing the same name were in that time and space – when and where – there was no hope and all was lost; one of them the mother of the Son who had been dead for three days.

Imagine; your son’s been dead for three days, and you’re going to his graveside for the third time to lay flowers at his grave. You just cannot imagine why a God would let this happen to you; to Him! It’s just enough to make you want to…

And then you see Him – your Son – not sick, hurt, beaten or bruised, but healthy full of life. As a matter of fact, you’ve never seen Him look so amazing. The most incredible, tearful embrace ever felt.

Yes, there are countless similar themes in stories that remind us that in those darkest of moments, hope’s river is flowing and just the tiniest drop can get us through to see what lies on the other side.

I have seen much tragedy in my life and though I may not have been able to see it in the moment, one verifiable truth remains:

When things are at their worst, when all hope is lost… It is those moments that have always led to something more amazing and greater than I could have possibly imagined.

So, now (more quickly than before), when things appear to be their most bleak, I start to look around; anticipating that something incredible is in store.

Start looking for that good thing; the best ever!

If you only knew what’s in store for you… (You are SO gonna love this!)

3 thoughts on “When Things Couldn’t Get Worse, They Do and then…”

  1. Been there, done that. Got the tee shirt.
    Been on both sides. Now, I look for the good. Thank you, Mr. Masters.

  2. I have been there and know what you mean. It has taken a long time but I get the sense that it is what it is and I eat cake. 🙂

  3. You said “And the caterpillar awakes only to find that it emerges a beautiful reincarnation with amazing abilities that could not have been imagined previously.”

    We, humans, have this Wondrous Being inside of us, too, but most of us don’t know that we are unfinished works of God. And the good part of this is that – we don’t have to die to get there! Just ask for it!

    Great post!

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