What I learned from an afternoon of NetFlix

187aa5d93ad4028ec330ffdff65b78dbNetflix is one of my favorite obsessions. I love it because I can watch reruns of my old favorite shows and movies.

This past week, I discovered that the seasons of “A Different World,” were on Netflix – so I have been binge watching – sort of. When I clean, when I cook (microwave), when I bathe, when we sit cuddling on the couch and just hang out, we are watching the seasons of “A Different World.”

For those who don’t know about the show – it was on in the late 80s and 90s, and was a spin-off of The Cosby Show. It revolved in the beginning around the second oldest “Cosby” daughter going to the family alma mater. The characters in the show went through and faced many issues from the funny to the serious. The characters became like friends or family to me as a child.

So, while pondering over an article that I had to write and thinking of some events of the indexpast week, I turned on the iPad and pushed play.

One of the characters, Freddie, was having issues concerning her faith and prayer. Dwayne, another character, said something to her that was pretty profound. (Thanks for rewind, I could replay it and replay it until I got the quote right.)

Dwayne told a story about something he wanted when he was 10. He wanted a basketball for Christmas. He got a coat and hat for Christmas. He was mad at God – he had been praying for that basketball. That winter, the basketball court was under two feet of snow. Dwayne talked about his friends getting seriously sick, except for him. Why? He had his new winter coat and a goofy red hat.

The point of the story was pretty simple. This is what Dwayne said, “When you pray, you can ask for things. You can yell. You can try to cut a deal. Sometimes, you get what you want, and sometimes you get what you need. Sometimes, you get what you get. I think what God does is He helps you hang in with what you get.”

(dramatic pause)

What ever you are going through right now – be it financial struggles, unemployment, divorce, marital issues, fights with friends, break-ups with friends, or you feel alone – remember just trust. Grab on to the hem of God’s garment if that is all you can do.

Don’t put your trust in man or woman or social media or whatever latest trend has caught the attention of you and your friends.

God is the one who has your back.

Netflix is one of my favorite obsessions. I love it because I can watch reruns of my old favorite shows and movies.

This past week, I discovered that the seasons of “A Different World,” were on Netflix – so I have been binge watching – sort of. When I clean, when I cook (microwave), when I bathe, when we sit cuddling on the couch and just hang out, we are watching the seasons of “A Different World.”

For those who don’t know about the show – it was on in the late 80s and 90s, and was a spin-off of The Cosby Show. It revolved in the beginning around the second oldest “Cosby” daughter going to the family alma mater. The characters in the show went through and faced many issues from the funny to the serious. The characters became like friends or family to me as a child.

So, while pondering over an article that I had to write and thinking of some events of the past week, I turned on the iPad and pushed play.

One of the characters, Freddie, was having issues concerning her faith and prayer. Dwayne, another character, said something to her that was pretty profound. (Thanks for rewind, I could replay it and replay it until I got the quote right.)

Dwayne told a story about something he wanted when he was 10. He wanted a basketball for Christmas. He got a coat and hat for Christmas. He was mad at God – he had been praying for that basketball. That winter, the basketball court was under two feet of snow. Dwayne talked about his friends getting seriously sick, except for him. Why? He had his new winter coat and a goofy red hat.

The point of the story was pretty simple. This is what Dwayne said, “When you pray, you can ask for things. You can yell. You can try to cut a deal. Sometimes, you get what you want, and sometimes you get what you need. Sometimes, you get what you get. I think what God does is He helps you hang in with what you get.”

(dramatic pause)

What ever you are going through right now – be it financial struggles, unemployment, divorce, marital issues, fights with friends, break-ups with friends, or you feel alone – remember just trust. Grab on to the hem of God’s garment if that is all you can do.

Don’t put your trust in man or woman or social media or whatever latest trend has caught the attention of you and your friends.

God is the one who has your back. It is a different world being a Christian, but it is an OK world.

(Becky Holland/TCM Ink 2016)

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