On one of those rare moments, I found myself watching TV. I used to enjoy watching TV until it became controlled by my sisters and got stuck to a single channel. Any plans to change a channel would have to go through a long process involving a 3-woman committee and several paper works. If you’re lucky enough to get the channel changed, you’d still be hearing critics ranting about the quality of programs you watch and how it affects world progress. Well, so much for changing channels.
Now I watched what was on the TV screen and did not complain. It usually happens during meal time. It was a reality show on TV. It was a show where two female celebrities would have to conquer their fear by going inside a haunted hospital. What irked me about the show was how they mentioned that so and so celebrity was able to go inside and finish the task thus she seemed very capable of conquering her fears in real life. Meanwhile, so and so celebrity couldn’t get past the gate thus could not settle the things in her life.
Since when did entering a haunted hospital become a measure of how you handle all the fears in your life? I wonder.
I met several people who loved to watch suspense and horror films. I don’t really mind those films. They are great harbingers of sleep. They are very helpful whenever I feel insomniac. The thing is, some of them tend to start at a really slow pace that by the time the killer or ghost or whatever appears, I am already snoring and enjoying dream land.
TV, film or real life, if you’re searching for something mysterious or mystical to scare you, then you’ll surely find it. The Bible even attests to that fact.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you; For everyone that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.” – Matthew 7: 7-8
Most people would ascribe this verse in relation to praying to God. Yet somehow, it appears to be a double edged sword. If you’re asking for God’s help with your problems, it will surely come but, if you’re asking for something that will really scare you, it will surely come as well.
“For everyone that asks, receives…” Isn’t it a fair game? It seems so for me.
The Bible was also clear on these matters in 2 Timothy 1:7. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” If you are of a sound mind, you wouldn’t even dare challenge God or anyone in giving you a haunted mansion to visit. God has already assured us of the power and the love and the sound mind. We can easily get it. We don’t have to challenge ourselves to see if we do have it. It’s just plain foolishness.
Finally, the perfect clincher:
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17