by Mike Couchman
The “Loki” series hit Disney Plus this week. As one of the millions of Marvel kool-aid drinkers on Midgard (aka Earth), I watched the first episode as soon as I could. I expected some good, moderately clean fun. Got it! What I didn’t expect was a low key (no Loki pun intended) Bible study. Loki, God of Mischief, made some great points about the one true God.
I won’t tell you much since I don’t want to be a spoiler, but this much is already out in the Nine Realms: The version of Loki this new show is built around comes from 2012; he escaped the grip of the Avengers. Instead of moving on with his life though, he’s captured by an organization that claims to control All of Time. Loki is less than thrilled. Once again, instead of getting closer to being the “Ruler of Space,” he’s a prisoner. He’s forced to face his past, and potential future. Just like if you and I were locked up: we’d probably wrestle with the series of choices that got us there.
Loki had no choice but to wrestle with the question we’ve all tangled with at some point: Why do I exist? What was I created for? Without giving too much away, he finally figured out what I did much later in life than I should have: Our lives are meant to be a blessing to those around us. God can even use our pain and our worst qualities for His plan.
My favorite takeaway: Redemption is ALWAYS at hand. Run from it. Deny it. Assume you’ve blown it. Strayed too far from what little good was in you. SorryNotSorry: you can’t escape God’s redemption. It may not look or feel like what you expected, but it’s always right next to you. Once choice. One prayer. One moment away.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.