Lesson from “Lost”?

May 24, 2010

My wife was a huge fan of the TV show “Lost”. My kids grew into that same obsession, and so naturally, all five of us sat down to watch the series finale that just wrapped up a few minutes ago. We’ve been really missing Mom today. The girls have been teary off and on. My son was quieter. What is just a typical Sunday can turn into a sad reminder very quickly. Anyways, for six years, the TV series has captivated my family.

At one point during the 2 1/2 hours of coverage, Zoe turned to me and said, “you think Mom already knows how it all ends?” I nodded that I agreed, and we went back to watching. I admit I am completely confused with the entire series. I have my theories like the rest of the world, but I don’t think any of them ultimately make sense. But tonight, I started to understand just a little bit; toward the end. They all had a reason for being there. They all had a destiny. They weren’t put there as space fillers; they were needed. Sorry if you were wanting to watch and I’ve ruined it for you here, but one comment hit me like a ton of bricks. Jack’s father, Christian, told Jack that “all of us die, kiddo. Some went earlier than you, and some will come much later.” I really didn’t concentrate on the rest of the program. Something about a church and moving on, but that one line struck me very deeply tonight.

We do all die. And yes, some have already gone. My grandmother, an aunt, a cousin, a father-in-law….my wife. They have gone on that journey I’ll one day face myself. They didn’t escape it, just like I won’t be able to escape it either. I don’t like not having those people here with me, especially my wife, but it’s all part of this life down here.

And then there are those who will likely come after; my kids, my grandkids, and on down the line. They’ll take that journey too one day. I pray they will have long and healthy lives, but that last breath still awaits them too. I guess that’s the lesson I learned from watching Lost tonight with the kids. We can’t escape death. It’s going to happen, and it’s going to capture us all.

Learn to accept what you cannot change. I’m not there, but I’m working on it. I can’t change the past, and I can’t predict the future. But I can love on my kids while they’re here with me. I can keep my wife alive through the four greatest gifts God gave us. Because if my last breath comes tonight, I want to take that journey with a smile on my face.

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