I was watching the latest episode of Mom, a CBS comedy about a recovering gambler/alcoholic woman, Christy, living with her mother, Bonnie, who is also a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. A friend of theirs “found God” while in prison, and now that she was out, she was trying to “drag” them into her Christianity.
While Christy started attending church with their friend, her mother was outrageously annoyed by all of the God and Jesus talk. A good portion of the episode was mocking the Christian woman and her beliefs. Bonnie wanted no part of Jesus because she was suffering so much after the death of her ex-husband, who she was still very much in love with.
But then there was the final scene.
Bonnie walks into the kitchen in the middle of the night to find Jesus sitting at the table drinking a cup of coffee.
I was worried where this was about to go.
“Good morning, Bonnie,” Jesus says. “Sleep well?”
“Not really,” Bonnie responds. “What are you doing here?”
“I heard you were looking for me,” Jesus says.
After grabbing some coffee, and topping off Jesus’ cup after He asks for more, Bonnie sits down.
Jesus says to her, “So what’s up?”
The audience erupted with laughter.
Bonnie says, “I want to know why you took Alvin?”
Jesus goes on to explain that it was Alvin’s time, that Alvin’s work on earth had been done.
Bonnie then says to Jesus what so many of us often ask Him when we’re in pain, “When does it stop hurting?”
He responds, “When you wake up.”
Bonnie then wakes up in her bed, smiles, looks to the ceiling and breathes a sigh of relief.
I was nearly moved to tears. Why? Because I believe that this scene beautifully portrays what our relationship with Christ can and should be like and the comfort He can offer us.
When we talk to God, it can be like having coffee with a friend. He literally wants to know, “What’s up?” So tell Him.
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7 The Message
In the most recent episode of Mom, Bonnie is struggling after relapsing into drug and alcohol addiction. She is in bed and yells out, “I give up! Somebody help me, please! God! Anybody!”
He sits next to Bonnie, grabs her hand and says, “It’s OK. We can do this.”
Is there anything more beautiful than that? I don’t know the motives of the writers or producers of the show or where they might take things in the future, but the light in which they’ve presented Jesus in these two episodes makes my heart so happy!
Give your worries to Jesus. He wants to hear them. He wants to sit down next to you, grab your hand, and say, “It’s OK. We can do this.”
“Cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7