Life’s a Trek

Admit it.  

None of us really know what we are doing.

Due to a family emergency, I suddenly found myself on a flight from London to America, with the allure of watching a film light years away.

My mind was elsewhere, focused on a baby less than one week old fighting for her life.

Yet despite my lack of cinema interest, the fact I was soaring thousands of feet in the air, crammed into a seat only inches from a sleeping stranger, moved my lack of interest across the road into the realm of mild curiosity.

After scanning the selection of less than interesting films, I finally landed upon Star Trek.  And for the record, NO I am not a Trekkie.  Not even close.  But desperate times call for….

I fumbled my way through the film, not fully understanding what I was watching, but mildly entertained all the same.

From what I understood it was basically a ‘good guy/bad guy’ scenario (again – apologies to Trekkie fans for oversimplifying what is, I’m certain, a much more complex plot).

But to be honest, I was beginning to lose the plot myself soaring over 500 mph 36,000 feet in the air.

That is when it happened. 

Just one sentence.

But one sentence which literally made my spirit LEAP.

Spock was talking to Captain Kirk and they were arguing about a decision the Captain was about to make.  Spock didn’t want him to go, sure that he wouldn’t know what to do once he took this risky step.  Captain Kirk was arguing that he needed to do what he was about to do, despite Spock’s fears for his safety.

Then finally after much arguing, Captain Kirk looked at Spock with intense seriousness in his eyes, mixed with clear doubt, and blurted out:

“I don’t know what I’m supposed to do, I only know what I can do.” (emphasis mine)

That’s it.

Therein describes humanity.

Let’s be honest…. None of us know what we are supposed to do.  None of us know how to get from where we are to where we sense God is taking us.  None of us know how to answer life’s deepest questions.  None of us know beyond a shadow of a doubt what is the right decision to make at all times.

But there is One who does.

One who knows the end from the beginning; One who was here before time began; One who will greet us when time for us ends; One who is the I AM – ever present, ever loving, ever faithful.

He may not always reveal what we are supposed to do, but He will always be with us as we live our lives doing what we can do.

Giving it our best attempt.

Fixing our eyes on Him.

Praising Him in pain.

Believing the Truth of the Word over the torment of our world.

Choosing joy.

Giving love.

Embracing hope.


Once we do this – doing what we can – we step into an unexplainable freedom.

A freedom…. which will truly take us…. where we have not gone before.


Question to Ponder: 

What is the one thing you can do today, which will change how you view a particularly challenging situation in life…?

10 thoughts on “Life’s a Trek

  1. Linda Lowell says:

    Wow. Amazing read. Lots to ponder. Can’t wait until tomorrow to see what I can do. Thanks to Karen Nelson, who shared. I am friends with her on FB. Have to say, you look wonderful. God bless.

  2. Julie Barlow says:

    Thats truth! Nicely put Jen.
    To add another element to it, “off into another adventure with Jesus, going where no Julie/Jen/Ann/Linda/Gwen etc have gone before!”
    And as Monty Python put it – “always look on the bright side of life, de dum de dum de dum dum dum dum dum” – no matter what happens there is always a positive to be found in a negative (not that good at science but it makes sense to me!) xx

  3. Kirsty Manolescue says:

    This. Is. Brilliant.

    I love this film (I’m a bit of a Star Trek fan), but have never thought about that line.
    It’s so true, and will be relevant to every single person who reads this.

    Thanks for sharing Jen 🙂

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