“…if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Romans 8:17,18 New King James Version
thinking about it, this week’s episode did a lot to dispel any remaining fear i had about a power imbalance or ulterior motives in victor and yuuri’s relationship, and it’s basically because of one line.
because remember, we’ve only very recently started to hear victor’s internal dialogue, and it told us crucially here that this is exactly what victor was doing. not because of any malicious intent, sure; he was genuinely trying to help yuuri, and based on his own experiences, an extreme ultimatum like the one he presented to yuuri was the best that he could come up with. nonetheless, it was designed to manipulate yuuri in a way, to motivate him, to snap him out of his stress.
and the thing is, even in a very well done story, that’s what we might reasonably have expected to happen: yuuri, filled with a new drive not to lose victor, someone he admires immensely, as his coach/friend/partner, delivers a stunning performance and all is resolved. that’s just how the trope seems to go.
instead, yuuri immediately sees through what victor was doing, recognizes it as out of character for victor’s coaching style and how he treats yuuri in general, and calls him the fuck out on it, because yeah, that’s unhealthy, it’s not okay, and yuuri knows it, knows that he’s in and deserves a relationship with mutual honesty and respect.
regardless of his anxiety, his insecurities, this is not a relationship where yuuri is on thin ice, and it’s lovely to see.
You lads remember that BBC Sherlock header that said BE A PART OF MAKING HISTORY?
I just wanna say these following things are abso not original or even potentially historical possibilities of what that could even be referencing. Not in television/movies as A Thing, nor in the world of Sherlock Holmes:
-secret sibling/evil sibling (Heroes, Lost, Six Feet Under, FUCK i mean Star Wars, the list goes on and on these are just easy ones off the top of my head?)
-Ret-con because It’s All Just A Dream (I keep saying Doogie Howser M.D. because that trope is weak af as far as originality goes) The big History Maker isn’t going to be some Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Requiem for a Dream or Vanilla Sky shyte because it’s been done in countless ways.
-Protagonist ends up in with A Girl (i literally do not even need to give examples because just close your eyes and pick a netflix movie and there u go.) Sherlock Holmes has ended up with Irene Adler or some other lady half a dozen times in half a dozen interpretations. Not Historical.
-Sherlock Holmes ends up Alone/Still platonically cohabitating with John Watson (both of these…have already happened…on the show?)
Main character(s) die? Not historical. We’re Being Told a Story? Not historical.
I’m not saying some of these can’t be COMPONENTS of the arc, but NONE of these can even remotely back up the BE A PART OF MAKING HISTORY claim AT ALL.
The only thing that could support such a bold assertion, is that Sherlock Holmes is finally celebrated as a canonically gay character and is in love and romantically in a relationship with the one man that has ALWAYS loved Sherlock throughout the decades. That WOULD be a historical moment in television history AND is something that has not happened in a largely circulated Sherlock Holmes adaptation.
For all of the waiting: You’re going to be alright. Even on the days of “I’ve had enough” and “I can’t wait any longer,” by the grace of God, you are going to be alright. Everything won’t always work out the way you think it will, but it will always work out according to God’s Will, because it is only what He wills that will last. Find peace in knowing that.
Find peace in Him when you’re meeting new people and you’re unsure what their role in your life is going to be in the future. Find peace in Him when you’re pouring into projects and things you’re passionate about, unsure of what the outcome will look like years down the line. Find peace in Him when it seems like the clock is literally ticking on unanswered your prayers. In all of this, find peace in knowing that God is still here, protecting you and guiding you to where you need to.
None of us have been promised an easy life of getting what we want when we want it, but we have been promised Eternal Life through Jesus, which is far greater and more valuable than anything in this life that we could ever want.
Wear this truth on your heart every single day. Let it shine through your emotions, your actions, and even your facial expressions: “I may be waiting on something, but my God, Who is fully aware and fully capable of all things has remained faithful to me. He always provide me with what I need and I trust Him. I trust His timing and His Word, because He is always faithful in leading me right where I need to be.”
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” - Psalm 91:4
Let His faithfulness shield you from the worry that storms your mind. Let it be what you cling to when it seems that everyone else’s prayers are being answered and you are still waiting. God is faithful and if you know it to be true in your life, praise Him even while waiting. Waiting on the Lord doesn’t mean standing around doing nothing. This is the time to faithful to Him, as He has been faithful to you. This is the time to make the most of today because you know He holds your tomorrow.