Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Totem Inception of Ebenezer (Blurb)

Have you seen the movie Inception?

Well... If not.. Your going to have some spoilers today because this particular blurb needs those spoilers to solidify the thought nugget I have for you.

The movie is all about thought.. About dreams and the way that someone can pull information from you by 'jacking' into them as well as, if it is possible, to birth an idea into someone the same way.

The part of the movie that stood out to me the most was that of the totem. A totem is used by those that jack into dreams to be able to tell whether they are in the real world or not.  This is important because if you are not in the real world - you are in a dream and therefore can decide to no longer trust the constructs around you... therefore keeping important information guarded and understanding the need to fight back when needed.

A totem is a simple thing.  For one it is a spinning top, another has loaded dice, and another has a chess piece.  I am certain there could be some serious psychological reasons for the choices those characters made for each of those items, but the focus here is the existence of a totem. No one can KNOW YOUR totem, if they do they could trick you into believing that you are in the real world, when you are not.  

Reality vs Fiction

The Word of God has a kind of totem idea within it.  

1 Samuel 7:12

Amplified Bible (AMP)
Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and he called the name of it Ebenezer [stone of help], saying, Heretofore the Lord has helped us.

My wife taught a lesson on this when we were still with Celebrate Recovery HEREbut I am going to go into bit more detail than the notes did with this idea.

In the movie it seems that they made their own totems and this makes sense if you would not want anyone to know it's weight and characteristics, and in life our totems or rather 'Ebenezers' are constructed around us with what is there. For Samuel it was a rock and an assurance that God had saved them from their enemies.

We all have something like this in our life and even more interestingly is that no one can have the same Ebenezer as you. Not that they could trick you, though that may be possible, but no one KNOWS what you think.

We can trust the moments of hope in our life.. Not that we are good and right, but that God is and will always be with us no matter what.

So... In the same tone of the notes from an old and good lesson... What is your Ebenezer?

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