In rear moments in our lives we are about to impact peoples lives in the best ways. In these moments, we are able to save lives. We are able to show people that we care and that they are important.
Throughout the short run of the show, the audience follows the adventures of Tru as she uses her detective skills and her supernatural abilities to save lives. In her attempts, the audience travels through loss, heartbreak and victory through the two season television show.
In Tru Calling, which first aired in 2003, Tru Davies (Eliza Dushku) is given the opportunity to do just that. Tru is a college graduate who is working on finding herself in medical school. In her pursuits, she lands a job at the city morgue, working the overnight shift. While working in the city morgue, the body of a murdered girl soon asks for help. Tru’s day restarts. The victim was not dead yet. Tru had the opportunity to save this person’s life. With the details that she gathers throughout the day, Tru frantically works on ensuring that the life of the victim is spared from the untimely death that they faced the “day” earlier.
The puzzle pieces begin to connect as we also learn that Tru’s mother met her untimely demise due to a murder. A murder that Tru witnessed at the age of twelve. We quickly discover that Tru uses the death of her mother as motivation to save the lives of those that ask for help, a calling that tru’s very mother had the decade prior.
As soon as the audience gathers a better sense of the calling that Tru carries on her back, the writers throw us a curveball in the name of Jack Harper. Jack Harper is the exact opposite of Tru. They both relive days, yet while Tru works to save the potential victims’ lives, Jack works to keep the order of the universe by ensuring that the victim still dies by the end of the episode.
The angel of life and the angel of death.
On the surface of the show, it’s an exciting show of drama and mystery. It’s a show that shows a compassion for all kinds of people as well as having a loving family bond between Tru and her brother Harrison. On a deeper level the show parallels the life that we experience as Christians in the life of ministry.
Throughout the arc of the two seasons, we see Tru work diligently and intensely to save the lives of the potential victims, while at the same time there is an opposing force that is tempting the potential victim with the same traps that encaged them the “day” prior in attempts to ensure that the events happen as they did before.
As a Christian living to honor Chris and spread the Gospel to all those who do not have access to the Gospel, we have a calling to lead those we meet to the salvation of Jesus, ultimately saving them from their own unnatural death. For those of us that accept this calling, there is an opposing force from the enemy himself works diligently through our culture to ensure that the masses of victims meet their untimely demise.
In the show the audiences sees Tru’s urgency to save the lives of those that have asks for her help. Tru shows that she will stop at nothing to change the victim’s destiny and ensure that they survive the day. Watching this, the Christian audience could get the same urgency for those that we meet and see everyday. What are we willing to do to ensure that our friends, our family’s and our communities know Jesus and are saved from their untimely demise into an afterlife with God.
This calling goes further than just going to church on Sunday and possibly attending a Bible study throughout the week. Our calling is to bring people to Jesus, where they can be healed, saved and loved in a way that they often have never experienced.
The truth is, bringing people to the place where they can develop a honest and true relationship with Jesus is not an easy task. The recipient would need to vulnerable enough to open their hearts to the truth of God’s love and the fact is that most people are too ignorant and busy with their everyday lives to realize that they need Jesus or that they need saving.
What would you do to save someone’s life?