When I wandered into the kitchen this afternoon, my daughter was watching an old episode of Boy Meets World. For those in the 20-to-30-something generation, Boy Meets World holds the same nostalgic value as The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family holds for those in my generation. Wholesome family situation comedy, corny but sincere, and a nice show to watch with the rest of the family on a Friday night.
As I popped a couple pieces of bread in the toaster I noticed the episode centered on a character named Shawn, who was the best friend of the main character Corey. Shawn came from a broken family and different people rally around him during the course of the show. In this episode Shawn had been tempted to join a cult, but one of his teachers, Mr. Turner, was talking to him about the dangers of such a move. At the end of the episode the teacher is in an accident. Shawn slips into Mr. Turner’s hospital room, and begins a conversation with God, which starts at about 19:35 on the video and ends about 20:35. It’s worth a watch so it’s included here.
“God, I don’t want to be empty inside anymore.” Hearing that was like a shotgun blast in a canyon. It was the most theologically correct thing I’d heard on TV in years. We are empty, till we find ourselves filled by God. And that’s why Jesus told the very empty Samaritan woman he met,
Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:13-14, NIV)
And apparently the writers of the show realized this classic human problem too. And even though I saw this episode 16 years after it first appeared, I was still encouraged to see it on ABC Family today. Because today, 16 years ago, or 100 years in the future, the ultimate need of man has been and always will be for living water that will never run out. Maybe some kid, hanging out after school watching the tube, caught that message too. I can only hope.