Yesterday I watched the movie “Minority Report” with my son. It is a fantastically clever, fast moving story about a future where murders are predicted and prevented by “pre-cognition”. It is based on a short piece by the flawed genius author Philip K. Dick, who has had many Hollywood blockbusters similarly sourced.
The forthcoming murder is predicted by a trio of drug-damaged “pre-cogs” who float suspended in a twilight sleep, wired to the police computer system. Once the murder has been foreseen, the computer mills two wooden spheres and engraves on one the names of the victim(s) and on the other the perpetrator(s). This provides the material evidence on which the subsequent investigation and interventions are based. Wood is chosen because each piece is perfectly unique and impossible to counterfeit.
It is no secret that Jesus was a carpenter, and the son of a carpenter, nor that His death happened upon a wooden cross, later referred to as the Tree of Life. Noah’s ark and Moses’ and Aaron’s staves are made from wood too. Why was this material so favoured by God?
For as long as sunlight falls on leaves, there will be trees for beauty, and wood for building, making and burning. The lower life-form shall serve the higher, even if only ornamentally.
Each of us is born into our fallen world as a wooden puppet, like Pinocchio , and like him, we all dream and strive to be more like the real children who play with us.
Dearest Jesus, give me a heart of flesh like unto Yours.
(A brain less like a block of timber would be nice too).