“THESE ARE THE VOYAGES . . .”
“NOW GLORY BE TO GOD, WHO BY HIS MIGHTY POWER AT WORK WITHIN US IS ABLE TO DO FAR MORE THAN WE COULOD EVER DARE TO ASK OR EVEN DREAM OF – INFINITLY BEYOND OUR HIGHEST PRAYERS, DESIRES, THOUGHTS, OR HOPES.” Ephesians 3:20
WELCOME TO THE GEEKSIDE!
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Okay, so I DID warn you all so now I am going to GEEK OUT on you! (Cue maniacal laughter: MWAAAA-HA-HAAAA-HAAAAAAAAA!)
This post is in honor of Gene Roddenberry, and all those who brought “Star Trek” into existence. I admit it – I am a Trekkie; have been since I watched and Loved the show as a kid. However, if you aren’t a Trekkie, or don’t know anything about it, I think you will still enjoy this post. Please keep reading because there are some neat, FUN things here!
This month seemed the “opportune moment” for this post. 50 years ago in September, “Star Trek” first aired, and this summer, the third of the new movies beamed into theaters. Plus, this week is the OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTY for this web site!!!! (I know it’s been out a few months already but the Facebook site is now ready, and I WANT TO CELEBRATE!!!! So please come along for the voyage, and Celebrate with me!)
THESE ARE OUR ADVENTURES. . .
The concept of “Star Trek” was always one of HOPE amidst new Adventures. And what could be more adventurous than where you are now? It may not always seem that way, but Life is an ADVENTURE!!!! God has glorious, wonderful things planned for each and every one of us, and He does not want us scared or worried about the Adventure. Instead, we are to trust in Him. He is, after all, the Ultimate Adventure Guide – kind of like a Divine Indiana Jones!
“Star Trek” was the dream child of Gene Roddenberry, airing in the 1960’s when several science fiction shows such as “Fantastic Voyage,” “My Favorite Martian” and “Lost in Space” aired on television. What set it apart from the others was the optimistic vision of a group of Friends Adventuring to new worlds, working together through adversity, knowing that everything would work out in the end.
Isn’t that what we all need? To KNOW that everything is going to be alright, despite hardships along the way? Life is filled with new Adventures all the time. For me, this Blog is a HUGE new undertaking- fun, exciting, but also challenging, and a bit scary. New things usually are, especially for some of us. Whether we’re going off to college, or starting a new job, or moving to an entirely different place, it can be SCARY! “Star Trek” tapped into that universal worry and fear, but left us with the belief that all would turn out well.
As Christians, we have that Hope ALWAYS because God is for us! Though we we go on new Adventures and face adversity just like the crew of the USS Enterprise, we can rest easy KNOWING there is Hope, and that everything will turn out well. Because we have the most powerful Captain of all on our side, and He has given us a crew of Family and Friends that will see us through all things.
The other cool thing about “Star Trek” was that it stretched the boundaries of what was acceptable at the time, and it did so without fanfare. It was just part of the show, a normal, everyday part of life.
The crew of the ship was made up of various ethnicities – including Asian, Russian, African- American, and Scottish, as well as good ol’ American farm boy, which was certainly not the norm during the time the show aired. And “Heavens to Murgatroyd!!!!” The First Officer wasn’t even human! Yet all these people worked well together, and became Friends – so much so that those friendships defined who they were over the years, and held true their whole lives through
It is important to note that not only were there various ethnicities represented on the show, THEY WERE ALL A VITAL COMPONANT OF LEADERSHIP, AND EXPERTS IN THEIR FIELD! In a time frame when women were just coming into their own, Lt. Uhura was more than just eye-candy; she was an integral part of the crew, and she was BLACK and a WOMAN! What an amazing positive statement made within entertainment. I had the pleasure of meeting Nichelle Nichols, and she is an amazing and elegant woman. I wanted to tell her what so many others have told her before – that she inspired a generation of young women and girls that they can BE anything they want to be, and DO anything they want to do! All while being who they are! Lt. Uhura loved her short skirts and big hoop earrings; she was proud of her heritage but also proud to part of the crew, and who they were. (Zoe Saldana continues that inspiration in the new movies.)
Gene Roddenberry believed that all people were the same. Sure, there were personality differences but we all Love, we all dream, we all mourn, we all strive to achieve our dreams. In his universe, they all co-existed together, worked together, flourished together! C’mon- there was even a RUSSIAN on the team!!! Remember the Cold War? Roddenberry was showing the world a vision of what life could be like, and would be like, if people realized that we were all the same!
That’s how God intended mankind to be! We are not made up of “US” and “THEM.” When Jesus came as Messiah to save the Jews, notice how His salvation reached out to encompass ALL OF MANKIND!!!!! If there was anything Jesus was NOT, it was a bigot or an elitist.
GOD LOVES EVERYBODY!!!!!
Jesus supped with TAX COLLECTORS (and you know how people feel about tax collectors!). He healed Romans, He hung out with menial workers, and treated women with respect and honor in a time and a culture when they were considered less valuable than livestock. And He came to save ALL MANKIND! (And that’s the traditional form of “mankind” meaning EVERYONE!)
“BUT SOME OF THESE BRANCHES FROM ABRAHAM’S TREE, SOME OF THE JEWS, HAVE BEEN BROKEN OFF. AND YOU GENTILES WHO WERE BRANCHES FROM, WE MIGHT SAY, A WILD OLIVE TREE, WERE GRAFTED IN. SO NOW YOU, TOO, WILL RECEIVE THE BLESSING GOD HAS PROMISED ABRAHAM AND HIS CHILDREN, SHARING IN GOD’S RICH NOURISHMENT OF HIS OWN SPECIAL OLIVE TREE.” -Romans 11:17
If that’s not a message of HOPE and LOVE then I don’t know what is.
That’s what I Love about “Star Trek.” (And so many more movies, shows and stories!) And that’s what I want you to take out of this post today!
If you’ve watched “Star Trek,” what are the feelings and emotions it has left you with? For that matter, think about whatever your favorite movie, TV show or book is. Why is it your favorite? Is there some message of Hope or Good that you respond to at a core level? And how does it feel knowing that GOD CAMES FOR ALL OF US, FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US because He Loves us so much? Does that affect the way you treat other people who are “different” from you in some way?
Please stay tuned. (Pun intended! Ha, ha!) Our Launch Party will continue throughout the month of October with special tidbits of Joy! Also, I thought I should let you know that you can expect the Wednesday updated posts in the evening.
Enjoy, and “Live long and prosper!” ~Billie
P.S. Don’t forget to go check out the Geekside cookie recipe!
The Living Bible: Ephesians 3:20 and Romans 11:17
Pictures from the original “Star Trek” cast
Artwork created by Billie Cover
I remember the phrase“Heavens to Murgatroyd!” from when I was growing up but was amused when I went searching to find WHERE I knew it from! It was from a Saturday morning cartoon called “Snagglepuss” from Hanna-Barbera. I hope the image I found makes you as happy as it did me!