I have mentioned before on here how much I’m a fan of the comic book character “The Flash”. I feel like in a lot of ways I can relate to Barry Allen. So of course I was excited to see the return of the series. And along with the return gives a lot of entertainment as well as a lot to think about and ponder.
At the end of last season, Barry went back in time to try and fix a problem. That problem was one that had defined him. That problem was the death of Barry’s mother by Reverse Flash. Barry goes back and stops Reverse Flash and prevents the death of his mother. The season premiere of this season showed the effects of this “Flashpoint” which changed the timeline of what happened not only for Barry but for everyone else. When things began to spiral out of control, Barry goes back and allows Reverse Flash to kill his mother.
Last night’s episode showed the effects of what happened when Barry “fixed” the timeline. Relationships were damaged between family and friends. New enemies began to appear in Central City. So Barry decides to go back again and try and fix it. However before he got too far, he was stopped by Jay Garrick (Earth 2 Flash), who knocked him out of the Speed Force and into 1998 (which wasn’t a bad year to be honest).
Jay and Barry then sit in a diner and have a conversation. During that conversation, Jay tries to share with Barry about how trying to “fix” the timeline doesn’t work. He uses the example of a coffee cup and how it can be broken. Once it’s broken, even if you try and put it back together again, it still has the cracks and isn’t the cup it once was. The same for the timeline. The more one goes back to try and “fix” things, the more it breaks. Jay then tells Barry that he has to accept what has happened and move forward.
I know for myself that there are those certain moments in my life that I wish I could go back and change or “fix”. Painful times that I wish didn’t happen or good things that I wish had lasted. But I cannot go back in time and change things. All I can do is move forward. That’s all that all of us can do. We have to persevere and move forward. We have to trust God that what hurt and pains that we’ve experienced are not the be all end all of our lives. That we are not defined by those moments only. But that we are defined by Him.
It is not easy to move forward sometimes, even for a speedster like Barry Allen. But it is possible. It is a daily struggle but it is possible.