You may have seen the 2000 movie, Cast Away, with Tom Hanks. It’s about a FedEx plane on an international flight, carrying a FedEx executive: Chuck Noland. The plane runs into some definite problems over the South Pacific, crashes into the ocean, and maroons the only survivor, Noland, on a deserted island where there is no human contact. The movie details Noland’s physical, mental and emotional fight for survival and his “conversations” with his imaginary friend: a volleyball he named “Wilson.”
The title of the movie, Cast Away, actually said a lot about this executive and the struggle he was experiencing.
If the title had been one word, “Castaway,” it would have meant “a person who has been shipwrecked and stranded in an isolated place.” But the title consists of two words, Cast Away, meaning “tossed aside, thrown out, and forgotten.”
Chuck Noland was seemingly cast away, physically and emotionally, by the circumstances of life and forced to fend for himself on a deserted island using remnants of the plane that he had just left … or that had left him as it sank to the bottom of the sea.
You may never find yourself struggling to crack coconuts on a deserted island but you can feel isolated by circumstances, emotions, relationships gone sour, assumptions about other people, and so forth. You may sometimes even feel distanced from God.
But His promise is true for you: The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31.8)
The Lord never leaves us but we tend to wander away from Him in what sometimes seems to be a thousand directions, feeling cast away from His presence, just surviving emotionally and spiritually on the remnants of a world that Jesus came to save.
It doesn’t have to be that way. You can have a personal, intimate, loving, day-by-day relationship and friendship with Jesus Christ. A life such as this, lived before a watching world, will demonstrate that Jesus is real and real in your life.
The daily choice is yours.
The Word promises, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)
I pray that you and I choose to know and love Him more each day.