Back to the Future

Date and Time Machine remix

~This year marks the 30th anniversary of the movie Back to the Future!

I don’t know why but the future and the past are often on our minds more than the present. It seems that we often think about the past and our regrets, or we dream about a better future. But living in the moment–that is hard. Whether we are making plans for the holidays, or scrap-booking pictures from yesterday, our daily lives often get lost in simple mundane activities that seem to take up all of our time. This may be why the movie Back to the Future was so popular when it was first released in 1985 and is just as popular today. It explores the subject of the past and the future and how the two coincide.

The recent reviewing in theaters of Back to the Future II on October 21,2015 marked the time that Marty and Doc Brown went into the future.  According to the movie’s  predictions, we are supposed to have incredible inventions such as the hover-board, flying cars, hands-free video games, and fingerprint identification which allows clearance through doors by scanning finger tips. Some of these predictions were correct.  For example, Microsoft’s Kinect allows hands-free gaming, and fingerprint scanning is now widely used by theme parks.  Even our phones are starting to use bio-metric identification for security.


Today marks the time that Marty McFly traveled back in time, November 5, 1855. 

The instantaneous time travel was not planned but was a result of his friend Doc Brown’s ingenious invention mixed with poor decision-making.  Doc lives his life in a way that takes chances in order to accomplish the extraordinary.  His message is remarkable, “If you set you mind to something you can accomplish anything.”  Doc is the ultimate example of this statement. The time machine was his most extraordinary and risky invention, but on the quest to invent such an extraordinary machine, he never stopped to ask himself if he should.

You see, it is great to have dreams and to have vision but if it doesn’t align with God’s plan then we shouldn’t continue with it. Sometimes it might seem hard to know what God’s plan is; however,  we can always refer to the word of God to give us the big picture. Prayer, fellowship, and discernment help us to determine our smaller steps.

A verse that often helps with decisions is from Micah 6:8:

“He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?”

micah 6

Proverbs 16:9 tells us that God is directing our path:

“A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.”

The lesson we learn from Doc Brown is this: Even if we can accomplish something we need to ask the question if we should accomplish it. In Back to the Future Marty McFly finds himself flying through time because he is trying to escape a group of angry Libyan terrorists who are seeking revenge for Doc Browns theft of their plutonium. When the doctor sees them coming he knows that they are not there to negotiate but to murder him for deceiving them. The words he said to his friend Marty where this: Oh, my God, they found me, I don’t know how, but they found me. Run for it Marty.”

 So often, when we give into a bad decisions, we forget that we are not only taking a chance that we can get hurt, we are risking the well-being and happiness of those that we care about. Because our sin affects others. Doc Brown, in this moment in time, pays a heavy price for his sin with his life. And although Marty escapes in a time machine, he has a long way to go before he can secure his own life and safety back in 1985. It seems this invention has only created heartache.

But wait… they do manage to fix things, right? As far as Hollywood is concerned, on a date with destiny (the time lightning strikes the clock tower), Marty and Doc Brown do a remarkable job of not only returning Marty to the future ad warning Doc about the terrorists, but also helping his father.  And lets not forget about Mayor Goldie Wilson.  The movie illustrates this can all be fixed…

But outside of Hollywood deception and death are not so easy to reverse. You see the bible tells us that even if we are able to deceive others we can not deceive God because we can’t escape his presence. It’s important to realize that our sin will always be found out. Even we believe we can get away with sin amongst or friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers, the sin or poor action will not escape the eyes of God.

Psalms 139: 7-10 :

 “ Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
 If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”

Although, Doc Brown was smart enough to create a time machine out of a DeLorean he is not cleaver enough to cheat sin. You see, although it was a great idea to create a time machine, Doc was so focused on whether or not he could, he never stopped to wonder if he should.

I think this scenario happens more often than we realize. Do we believe that the ends justify the means. If you can do something amazing but in the process you would need to break one of God’s laws would you still do it?

My answer is a resounding, “No.”

I believe that any task that includes lying, cheating, stealing, or any other sin is not part of God’s plan and isn’t worth the risk. However, if I follow God’s law I will live a life under the watch of my Father’s eyes. It’s important to know and believe that miracles still happen. God is the ultimate creator. We are his design. As we submit to his will we will live a life that is exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ever ask or think. If you are facing a hard decision today, might I suggest that you trust Him. His plan is always better than anything we can ever ask or think.

In Back to the Future III, Doc Brown does offer us all good advice. Our futures haven’t been written yet.  He says that,”your future is whatever you make of it, so make it a good one.” Although this eccentric scientist has gotten some things wrong, he has also gotten some things right. Our futures are ultimately in God’s hands, but in order to be in the center of his plan we need to seek him with our heart, mind, and soul.

Matthew 6:33 

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”


Linking up with: Coffee for my Heart ,Women with Intention Wednesdays, Whole Hearted Home, Word Filled Wednesdays, Tell His Story, Three Word Wednesday, the RaRaLinkup, A Little R& R    Grace and TruthFaith Filled Fridays, Women Living Well, and The Weekend Brew.

16 thoughts on “Back to the Future

  1. Proverbs 16.9 is probably the scripture I quote the most! Back to the Future, or the past, or today – isn’t it wonderful to know we serve a constant God who IS. The Great I AM! Visiting from WWI #88.

    • Yes, he is our source of stability when everything may seem disorientated. Proverbs 16:9 has always been a verse that I hold on too. It reminds me how intricately God is involved in my life and is guiding my path. 🙂

  2. I LOVE this post! The movie does indeed teach us some very important things to consider! The scripture passages you chose speak well to the focus you direct us to reflect on. Your website is beautiful!! Thanks! Stopping by from Missional Women today! May the Lord continue to guide you in all you write.


  3. What an intriguing theme provoking serious biblical reflection. You serve up a feast of thoughts here! I think it’s grace that we only get to live in day-tight compartments. If we saw all that was on the horizon then fear would most likely overtake us, or maybe a smug satisfaction leading to lethargy. Our faith gets stretched by the not knowing. Thank you. Visiting from Weekend Whispers. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

    • Thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts. I agree that not knowing the future is a blessing. When we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, we rely more on Jesus and our faith is strengthened.

  4. This has me wanting to re-watch all the movies and introduce my kids to them! Thanks for sharing these reflections at #ThreeWordWednesday.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love these movies too. My family and I would re-watch them over and over again when I was growing up. I was surprised by how much time has flown by when the 30th anniversary arrived. It makes me realize how short our lives are and how we need to live in the moment.

  5. Great post! It is very easy to forget that God’s presence surrounds us, we should always be thinking “would I act this way if Jesus was here in the flesh with me?” But on the other hand we should also remember God’s presence is with us in tough situations and remind ourselves, “God is here with me and he won’t let me fail.” By knowing his presence surrounds us we should always be critiquing our own actions and overcoming the situations we are faced with.

    • Yes, we are so blessed by his presence. When we remind ourselves of his unfailing love and provision,s we can live a more confident life in Him.

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