You may have heard the name of scientist, Stephen Hawking. He is one of the most well-known sufferers of a rare slow-progressing form of the MND / ALS disease. He is also an avid atheist.
A name you may not be as familiar with is Jane Wilde, his now ex-wife, a strong Christian.
The new movie “The Theory of Everything” tells the story of their battle with ALS and how it impacted their relationship.
I have seen the movie and I have read his ex-wife’s book on which the film is based.
One thing that struck me about this couple is the way they lived polar opposite lives when it came to their faith. While Stephen did everything he could to discount the existence of God, Jane held onto her faith in God to make it through.
Not unlike Hawking, there have been times I have seriously questioned my faith in God. Not in an off-the-cuff kind of way but honestly looking at why I believe what I believe, whether it is still relevant and if it stands the test of life and love
Yet time and time again, I have found that, like Jane, faith in a loving, good God is sustaining to this life I lead.
Jane discovered God, not in a cold calculated way but in the hearts and lives of others who also believed. Her faith was personal, real and imperfect as it lived out in the lives of imperfect people.
I believe we all have what Jane and Stephen have: a desire to know how we arrived here and the meaning for our existence?
I don’t just mean the collective “our” but I mean “your” existence.
For me, the meaning of one’s life cannot be one that only flourishes in the good times when all is going well. Meaning must also have its power and sustainability through the most difficult of circumstances in life.
We humans are spirit, soul, and body we have emotions that love and hate, that praise and condemn. We are capable of the most beautiful and the most brutal.
Therefore, it is only right that our faith, our meaning for life itself must not just be a mental ascent but a spiritual enlightenment.
Jesus talks about faith in Him beginning in the heart. The heart is that part of us that comprehends deep issues of meaning and existence. It goes to the very centre of our will, emotions and who we are.
When you ask about the meaning of life and for your life the answer becomes your faith. Your faith becomes your true north. True north is what gives you direction, purpose, as well as your balance in life’s most difficult circumstances.
Today I encourage you to take time in your life to deeply explore the meaning for your existence: your theory of everything.