Donna’s second meeting with the Doctor bears testimony to her persistence. In this her second adventure with Tennant’s Doctor, we are introduced to the Adipose, the cute yet repulsive little creatures made from “living” human fat, who are being fostered by an intergalactic Super Nanny! Donna has been investigating all things out of the ordinary for months now, things which might attract the Doctor’s attention and lead her to cross his path. Do you remember when Donna first met number Ten? It was her wedding day and she was unintentionally sucked up into the Tardis while walking down the aisle! Donna chose NOT to go with Doctor then, thinking him just too dangerous after seeing her duplicitous fiance Lance fed to alien spiders and the draining of the Thames. But ever since that day she has been desperately searching for that amazing Doctor. Simply staying safe is no longer her priority. “He’s real, I’ve seen him . . . I’ve met him, just once”, she tells Grandpa – up the hill. Without the Doctor her life is now just so ordinary! And even though it was only one time, Donna can’t see her life and the world in which she lives the same way any more. She craves more of the adventure she knows is possible with the Doctor. “I believe it all now, you’ve opened my eyes”. She wants to experience more of that view that is outside of time, which transcends the future, the past, and things which seem impossible.
Sometimes one meeting is all it takes. People hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they get a glimpse of the glorious reality of God and what our existence is really all about, and they jump at the chance to start the adventure with their Maker! Other times it takes much more convincing and many more long hard looks before people see the real life that is to be found in Christ. This adventure is so much bigger than us.
In the words of songwriter Keith Getty: “King of Heaven, we will answer the call, we will follow bringing hope to the world, filled with passion, filled with power to proclaim salvation in Jesus’ name“. This is the adventure we are called to – how are you travelling?