Echoed through the entertainment realm is the element of time travel. We see it in pieces like Star Trek, Dr.Who, Interstellar, and many more. The basis of time travel usually revolve around going back in time and fixing a huge mistake, or to tell your past self something that will help your future self. If successful, you alter the world, stop the danger, or win the lottery. If unsuccessful, you expose knowledge prematurely or step on a butterfly and doom humanity. There are hundreds of games, movies, and television shows that have dabbled with time travel, we are obsessed with it.
The thing is, if we could time travel who is to say that someone wouldn’t travel back in time to stop you from traveling back in time in the first place. If we could time travel then there would be an infinite loop of people making good and bad choices at different stages, trying to fix and unfix someone else’s choices, and we will be back in the same mess that we were in without time travel. So why is this idea so appealing?
I think it is because we struggle to be content with finality. Our choices each day are chiseled into stone and can never be changed. Living in a nation of infinite possibilities and dreams, we have a hard time believing that we are limited in anyway. We have a hard time accepting that there are consequences for our actions that will forever shape the future of humanity, or at least our future and those around us.
I think God designed it this way for a reason. Our harmful choices scar us to remind us to never go down the same path again. We are finite beings and have to deal with the consequences, but I also believe that there is a way to change it. God does not want us to live outside of time because we don’t have the knowledge to know what changes will benefit us and what changes will harm us, but he does.
The bible says in Joel 2:25 that God will restore to us the years the locusts have eaten, and Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God knows the plans he has for us, plans to prosper us and give us a future. He has the ability to travel back in time and restore the hurt and pain, as well as travel forward in time to prepare a future worthy of entering.
So let us accept that our choices have consequences, that we are linear beings with no ability to change a past choice. But let us accept that there is one that is able to restore and revive, and let us partner with the only one outside of time.