Kakeru of the anime Orange is one of my favorite characters. He represents the struggle of many high school students who go unnoticed. In one timeline, he did die. He killed himself. But in another life, he was surrounded by his friends who refused to give up on him. We may feel like Kakeru on the road to death, alone, hurt, and weeping. But in actuality, we’re Kakeru during his second chance. Although everything may seam out of control and the only thing that seams to solve the problem is to take drastic measures, it is well with your soul.
Why can all be well? I feel terrible!
Those who have been adopted into God’s family have been given a second chance at life, like Kakeru. We have been saved from our past mistakes and been redeemed as people. We have the security of knowing what happens to us after we die. Even when the world is out of control, we know that our souls are safe in God’s hands. There is nothing we, or anyone else can do to leave God’s protection. Our souls are forever well and thriving.
Those who don’t know God truly are alone. They are on the path towards death like Kakeru in the first timeline. We all know that we don’t live in a perfect world. At the end of or time, we need to pay for the bad things we have done in our lives, just like a criminal who goes to jail, except this jail is pretty hot, and very, very lonely because it is without God. Mistakes aren’t free.
You may think that you live in a world without God already. Well, God might not be working in your life, but he is all around you. This is a principle called omnipresent. To better explain, forget for a moment that God is a person and instead think of him as being nature. (This is true, but there is so so much more the God really) How does nature make you feel? Peaceful? In awe? Overwhelmed? That’s what God is like! Imagine a world without any nature and none of the wonderful feelings that comes with it. That alone sounds like hell to me. It is not well with your soul in that situation!
But right now, there is hope.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mathew 28:20
Enter into the Lord’s presence and you will never be alone. Look and find God all around you! he’s in nature, he’s in the smile of your best friend. He’s in that song that makes you dance. You never knew he was in so many places! Practice looking for intimacy with him in places that may seam odd. You can never go into a dark place where there is no God. You can only escape him after death if you have not received the free gift of new life.
You will never be alone again if you can find God, and trust me, it’s really easy to find him if you look. God will come to you like Naho and the rest of the gang. Love will pour on you like nothing you’ve ever known before. Do you think Kakeru was expecting to be loved so much by that group of friends? God’s love is a mystery. He cannot be understood by human minds.
Reach out and grab him. He’s waiting.