I’d mentioned before on here that my dad worked in a nuclear power plant. He’d spent two decades there as an operator, a staff member working on upkeep of engines and various machines at the plant including the reactor. I remember being awed at the mystery of the thing, the idea of working with radiation and the precarious spot of being an everyday employee.
In fifth grade we had to do a science fair project. Dad helped me with a presentation on the Chernobyl disaster. HBO recently aired an outstanding series on the events surrounding it.
image from hbo.com
For those of you unfamiliar, a reactor at the plant melted down after a faulted safety test in the middle of the night. This exposed workers and residents of the town of Pripyat and the fallout is still being felt decades later. Pripyat was a town built specifically for workers at the plant and their families. Today it stands abandoned.
The lessons behind the incident are explored in the series. What is the price of lies and secrets? How valuable is information? When is reputation more important than life itself?
We watch the show and wonder what we would have done, being faced with certain death. We consider the cost of duty and we rage with those the government had left behind in their efforts to cover up the true scope of the disaster.
Our lives have power and potential. We radiate with purpose. We are driven with a force strong enough to light a thousand cities and yet we can find ourselves stuck.
We fall slave to routine. We find comfort when lies are easier than truth, avoiding correction is easier than facing the music for our mistakes. We settle and fight, pull away into isolation and find comfort in a place that slowly takes our hours until the sun sets and darkness falls.
If you find yourself in this spot, there is hope.
People in social media land make significant money helping people find hope. They do it in appearance, words, finances, status, any key they can find. They miss the point though.
Hope is not a concrete thing.
Hope is an internal switch. It is the moment you realize you are tired of being tired, that nothing changes if nothing changes. It is the point you look in the mirror and decide you’d had enough. It is the moment you burn it all down and walk away from the ashes on a new path with new life and direction.
Hope can’t be sold or captured, forced into a form or transaction. Hope comes in understanding that God is doing a work in you even in the midst of darkest night.
We get stuck when we are caught in routine, following a rote path carved out because someone said we should, falling to peer pressure and the comparison game, giving up and settling down because it is easy.
Hope is not easy. Know today that the fire still burns within you, the light of a million suns and the potential to change the world, your family, your marriage, your children, and every single breath.
I believe this and I believe, as you read this, a small voice inside agrees with me. You can feel it ready to soar, to break out and push forward. Your day is here.
Your time is now.