As Cthulhuary continues here at Geek Devotions, Celeste takes a look at the kids HP Lovecraft inspired kids film, Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom. In this animated story young Howard meets some very prepared squid kids who are ready in season and out of season for whatever danger comes their ways. This raises the question. Are you prepared to reach others and point them to hope in season and out? How can we be ready? Join us as Celeste explores this question.

This month is Cthulhuary, and today we are talking about Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom. In this movie, we are introduced to Howard, whose dad is in the asylum. In an attempt to comfort him about the family situation, his mom passes Howard a book that his dad had written. The book leads Howard to a frozen kingdom where he meets many different people and creatures. Some of these strange beings are the “Squid Kids” (not the ones from Splatoon).

 At one point, one of the little squid kids tells his older sister that he only washes one of his tentacles, just in case he needs the dirty one for a surprise attack. And later, you see him get to attack with that very tentacle. This is the very thing we are talking about today. NO, not tentacle hygiene, but being prepared at all times.

As we said, this little squid kid, part of the squid twins, kept his tentacle ready in case he ever needed to defend his family and friends. As Christians, we should have a similar mindset; without the whole “attacking” part. In 2nd Timothy, it says this

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

2 Timothy 4:1-2 (English Standard Version | ESV)

Paul is writing this second letter to Timothy, and as he is wrapping things up, he reminds Timothy that he needs to be ready at all times to reprove, rebuke, exhort and teach with complete patience. Idk about you, but that whole patience part tends to trip me up. But yet here it is in black and white. I’m sure Paul isn’t telling Timothy it’s not ok to have a bad day, but we should have the mindset of being ready so that if something comes up at a timeframe we think is random, we are prepared for God to move through us. You never know where or when God will have something for you to do. It can be as simple as getting something off a high shelf, leaving a note for a co-worker who’s having a bad day, or even having a deep discussion in the middle of the grocery store.

So, how can you be ready in season and out of season? Here are some thoughts

1. Read your scripture daily. Even if it’s just one verse all week, read it and think about it after reading it; don’t just read and move on. There is more benefit in reading a singular verse a week and meditating on it and studying it that entire week than in trying to read whole chapters and books in a day. But, again, the objective is not to get it done but to understand and allow it to transform you so that you’ll be ready to do what needs to be done.

(Looking for Tips on how to read your Bible? Check this out )

2. Pray when you have a down moment.  I’m guilty of not doing this one. When I’m at work, I will fill my free time with podcasts or books, which aren’t bad. But I could be taking some of that time to pray as well.

Question of the week: what is your favorite non-mainstream comic character that’s been adapted to film? Howard Lovecraft is a comic as well as a movie trilogy. And I thought it was adorable.