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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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Okay – this was an awesome “feel-good” film with a beautiful storyline. Also a great film to catch a sighting of our wonderful Lord. The film is about a fishing expert – Dr Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor) who is somewhat blackmailed by his boss into taking on a project that is being looked after by an extremely wealthy Sheik called Sheik Muhammed (Amr Waked).  Sheik Muhammed has a vision of bringing the sport of Salmon Fishing into the dessert. With the help of Harriet (Emily Blunt) the three of them embark on an uplifting journey of faith and fish to make the impossible possible.

Trailer can be viewed here.

I’ll give a breakdown of the characters first:

Harriet was a stunning picture of The Bride of Christ in the beginning of the film she was in a relationship with a man called Robert (Tom Mison). Robert is a picture of Adam or The First Man. Dr. Jones is a reflection of Christ, The New Man. He was also a picture of The Body of Christ… we’ll get into that in a second. Sheik Muhammed was a representation of The Father as well as Christ.

Sheik Muhammed (The Father) had a vision or a plan to cultivate a garden in the Yemen. the Yemen was a barren, dry void land (sounds a lot like the Earth in the very beginning…). He wanted to bring life where there was nothing but death. He specifically mentions that he wanted to bring the colour “green” to the Yemen. The Father needed someone to implement his plan, to help him bring it into it’s fullness. This is where Dr. Jones came in..this is a reminder of how the Father needed the Son for His eternal purpose.

Let’s backtrack a little bit… Dr. Jones was an “expert” in the field of all things fishing. When Harriet presented this “new” concept of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen he thought it was pure madness. How often do we deem ourselves “experts” in Christ? We can be presented with a totally new, fresh exciting aspect of Him, yet, our “knowledge” often prevents us from taking that “step of faith” forward to seeing it or should I say HIM come to Life.

Just pause and think for a minute, how big is the country you live in, now what about the the Earth, now the Galaxy, now the Universe, which by the way, is expanding daily. And all of “that” is summed up in Christ. How could we ever be an expert in Him? He is soooo big!!! Makes a lot of sense to me why we need all of eternity to get to know Him. Yet Dr Jones was an “expert” in this particular field and he stated that the whole project “impossible” – well he actually deemed it “theoretically possible .. just like putting a man on Mars is theoretically possible”

Deep down inside Dr Jones knew that – at a cost – the project could work. What was interesting was that he made the cost so extremely high that he thought Harriet would decline him. Our cost to the Father was also extremely high.. yet he paid it without giving a second thought – just as Sheik Muhammed paid the figure without a second thought. He knew what He wanted and was willing to pay whatever the cost to get it. Sounds familiar?

Harriet was in love with Robert. Robert was called to the war in Afghanistan. Here he was involved in a bomb explosion and presumed dead. Harriet worked on the project with Dr Jones and they began to find that they had feelings for one another. Dr Jones’ marriage was falling to pieces and Harriet had lost all hope in Robert ever being found alive.

In order for the project to work, Dr Jones required Salmon. He was not able to get them from the waters in England. Their last resort was from a fish farm. These fish were bread for one purpose – to be killed and sent to the shopping centre as food. Just like our fate while we were in Adam was surely death.

Dr Jones found the faith to believe that when the fish were released into the river, that they would recognise that they needed to swim upstream. He believed it was in their DNA, rooted in their inner being. Saints, the river is Christ. We were born to live in Him and swim freely IN Him. But for too long we have been in captivity, being spoon-fed a false testimony of Christ. He’s bigger than a 2×4 stagnant plot of water. Our spirits recognise His currents, He is the River. We – as a body – can know Him, and swim upstream in Him. He created us to do just that! To partake of His divine life and live freely in Him. Just like the fish in this film were able to come out of captivity and into freedom – we can too! Hallelujah!

The project in the Yemen was a split picture of Genesis and 1st John.

Genesis – it was a picture of a void, empty Earth. The plan was to bring Life to the Earth. Everything was going according to the plan. The fish were doing what they were supposed the garden was green – it was perfect. But a few men who opposed the plan plotted to destroy the garden. They did this by flooding it with the dam waters. The water (which is a picture of “death”) swept through the sanctuary and tore it to pieces. This was a picture of the fall.

1st John – The Yemen is a picture of fallen mankind. Dry and dead with no “life” living inside of them. Whilst everything appeared to “together” on the outside there had to be death for there to be new life. The flood waters are a picture of The Cross. They wiped out everything. But then there was a new day. On this new day, there was life in the river – some of the fish had survived. Robert (who is a picture of Adam) was back in the picture – it’s funny how the old man, although he is dead, has a sneaky way of making his way back into our lives every now and then. Harriet was faced with a choice – just like we are. We can choose to go back to our old ways and live in Adam. Or we can choose to let go of our past, and I mean all of it, and life in Christ (for Harriet this was Dr. Jones).

Harriet saw the life that the project was producing and she decided to stay with Dr Jones (Christ). The new day meant that Adam was out of the picture, and there was a rebuilding of the project. Just as Christ is rebuilding His house! Dr Jones said that the project would look different now (just like Christ looked different after Resurrection). He wanted the project to involve the community (it could not be done as an individual). Christ (Dr Jones), The Bride (Harriet) and the Father (Sheik Muhhamed) stayed in the Yemen, the new land (New Jerusalem) to bring their united vision of LIFE where there was once death.

The opposition in this film is a mirror image of the opposition found in Christ. Sheik Muhammed had a vision and a plan for a barren land just as the Lord, our Father has an eternal plan to bring Life (which is His Son) and give that life freely to us to live in Him, through Him, from Him and for Him. The opposers plotted to kill the Sheik (just as Christ was plotted against). In the film, the opposers never succeeded at killing the Sheik and his vision came into being in the end. In reality, the opposers never succeeded at killing our Christ and his vision will come into being in the end. It’s already happening. Just like Harriet and Dr Jones made a choice and left their old lives behind to be apart of The Father’s (Sheik Muhammed’s) plan and vision – we can make that choice too. Yes Today. It’s not a plan that comes with the “end times” He wants it now, on the Earth. He wants his garden back, He wants a dwelling place where he can walk with man in the cool of the day again. All we have to do is let go of the old, say goodbye, put it to rest and then we can turn to Him fully, we can give ourselves fully to His glorious plan! “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it” I’m not saying it’s easy…. but I am saying it’s worth it!

For His beautiful garden, house, bride and more!

Megan x

Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Wow – this was a great film. I had never heard of Tyler Perry before and had not seen this film either. Here is  the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbRYjGJ7kUk. The film itself is one that is full of drama, laughs, tears, joy and much more.. it’s the whole basket of emotions.

Quick synopsis
This is a 2005 film. Helen McCarter is a woman who appears to have it all. A loving husband, a nice house a wardrobe full of clothes. However, right at the start of the film her husband kicks her out of the house and she loses everything. Helen goes to live with her grandmother Madea. The story follows Helen as she learns to stand on her own two feet. She is finally ready to move forward with her life, when drama strikes her soon-to-be ex-husband. Helen finds herself drowning in an ocean of emotion wondering if she could ever forgive the man who destroyed her life.

Now as for where the Lord was in this film…..

In the beginning of the film, we are introduced to Helen and her husband Charles… On the outside everything looks to be perfect. But the reality is that the core of their relationship is rotten. We see this when they are alone and not “putting up appearances” This is a reflection of who we really are. On the outside (the seen) we are perfect. According to the world the human race has never been better. But on the inside (the unseen) we are rotten souls.

Helen believes that she has been nothing but a “good” wife, yet her husband has treated her worse than the scum of the earth. He brings home another woman and kicks Helen out of the house. What a picture of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Doing or being “good” still got Adam and Eve kicked out of the garden. She was kicking and screaming. She put up a fight. She didn’t want to let go of him that easily. We often put up a fuss when we are called to let go of everything that we know.

She loses everything. Her house, her possessions, her dignity, her pride, her “identity” remember all she was for the last 18 years was a “good” housewife.
This is a picture of her being in the wilderness. Outside of the walls of the law of marriage she had no idea who she was. She was lost and extremely uncomfortable.

We first meet Orlando (who is a beautiful picture of Christ) right at the beginning of all of Helen’s problems. Christ HAS been there, IS there, and WILL be there for us no matter what the circumstances or our situation. But most importantly no matter how we treat him he doesn’t change. She kicked him out of the truck, threw water at his face and accused him of being just like every other evil Man. He never tried to defend himself. And the way he treated her never changed. Sounds a lot like our Lord to me!

What I love about Orlando is where he came from. He was from a poor neighborhood “just another black guy” this is such a picture of our lord (minus the black guy part) but look at The Lord’s birth. He was born amongst the stench of animal faeces in a manger probably filled with tics. Not a luxurious upbringing either. He was part of the “ghetto” just like Orlando.

The One night Orlando took Helen out to a meal. One that she couldn’t afford. This is a picture of how The Lord longs to lavish us – not of the things of this world. But lavish us with his company and presence. He is our real food and he longs for us to enjoy him. This scene is where she opens up to him and allows him close to her. Her flesh didn’t want him… She kept assuming the worst .. But her consciousness was yearning for him. We are the same. Our flesh often desires other things it tries to resist Christ.. That is the nature of the flesh. But our spirits “know” Him. They recognize that all we have to “do” is trust him.

Helen enjoys Orlando’s company and presence for the next 4 months. Her old identity is gone. She even exclaims “I found my self” she finally knew who she was – and her identity was found in Orlando.

Orlando proposed to her. His proposal was beautiful. He wanted to save her from her past. Nourish her future, all she had to do was trust him and not look back. She was still vulnerable at this stage and as she was about to take a leap of faith and say YES The movie takes a sudden turn. Her old husband was shot in court. It looks like he is going to die. She runs back to him to try to save him.

Charles is brought to an all time low. Paralysed – reliant on the care of his “ex” wife. Although she is mad and full of rage, deep down inside she still cares for him. She wanted him to live. This is a picture of what it means to really let go of everything to follow the Lord. To truly enter marriage with him and become his wife, we have to let the “old” go. But our instincts are the same as the Helen’s. As soon as we see that we might lose the old, as soon as there is the possibility of death, we run straight back to try to hold on to it. Instead of just letting it go and saying YES to the love of our live. We cling to what we think we “know”

Her rage takes over, and she treats him like dirt just as he did to her. This reminds us that flesh will be flesh. When she goes back to the old, her flesh takes over. She is not functioning on “love” or “life” it’s back to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. She says that she was a good wife, and didn’t deserve this and now he has to pay. Her family reminds her about forgiveness and they remind her about Orlando (who she had been ignoring and staying away from).

Helen nurses her husband back to health and cares for him. But then she realizes that she doesn’t want to go back to the old. She was thankful for what her husband did to her because if he didn’t she wouldn’t have known that a man like Orlando could love her the way that he did. This is a beautiful picture because although we sometimes run back to the flesh we can use it as a reminder for who we are in Christ. What he has done, how much he loves us and how grateful we are that it’s no longer “us” but “Him IN us”. She gives Charles the divorce papers to sign. A beautiful picture of “letting go” of the old.

She runs to Orlando knowing that she is a free woman. Her old identity is finally dead she has cut all ties to her past. She runs to him, and tells him that she loves him. What is beautiful about this is she repeats what he said to her when he told her that he loved her for the first time (note: he FIRST loved us).

Orlando: I’m in love with you.
Helen: How do you know that?
Orlando: I don’t know how to explain it to you.
Helen: Try.
Orlando: Helen, if I’m away from you for more than an hour, I can’t stop thinking about you. I carry you in my spirit. I pray for you more than I pray for myself. I’ve got it so bad for you I’d… I’d go to the grocery store and buy your feminine products, I swear I would.
[Helen and Orlando laugh]
Orlando: And see? And that… that… That smile. Helen, when you smile like that, my world… It’s all right.
[pauses]
Orlando: I am in love with you.

This made it clear to Orlando that Helen was truly in love with him. How great is this! We can use His own words as a means of expressing our love for him. Beholding the Lord through scripture is one of the most beautiful ways to express love and life to our prince.

Orlando instantly returned the love. Although Helen had neglected him and run back to the old. He still loved her. His love goes far beyond her actions. He was in love with her for who she was. And that would never change. He wanted to care for her and look after her and fulfil all of her needs. All she had to do was say yes. And when she did, boy did he celebrate. I’m sure our Lord celebrates when his bride runs to Him and expresses her love for him. It’s so simple. There is nothing to “do” there is no guilt or obligation. All we have to “do” is love Him back.

In this movie, marriage is a picture of the law. In her “old” marriage.. she was bound by the legalities that come with marriage. She was faithful to the law of marriage, she was a good wife she did her husband no wrong. Although she ticked all of the boxes when it came to the “law” of marriage – it still failed her. When she met Orlando, marriage looked different. He says the following when he proposes (which could be the Lord talking directly to the audience if you ask me!!)

Orlando: I know you don’t believe in fairy tales. But, if you did, I’d want to be your knight in shining armour. You’ve been through so much. I don’t want to see you hurt anymore. Now I may not be able to give you all that your used to. But I do know I can love you past your pain. I don’t want you to worry about anything. You just wake up in the morning, that’s all you have to do and I’ll take it from there. There’s one condition. You have to be my wife.

There is only one thing she has to “do” and that is return the Love that he is pouring out. All of our needs are fulfilled in him… Even if it looks different to what we currently know. The Lord left us with ONE commandment “love one another as I have loved you” – why? Because he alive in all of us. When we love one another, we are loving Him. When we serve one another we are serving him. This is why The Lord could say to Saul “Saul, why are persecuting ME?” Because he was ALIVE in his people.

He really does want to me our knight in shining armour. He doesn’t want to see us hurt anymore. He will give us everything we need to be satisfied in HIM. He will love us past our pain. We have nothing left wo worry about. All we need to do is wake up in the morning and turn to him, behold him, love him. He will take it from there. All we have to do is say Yes to his proposal. He longs for a bride to love him with all of her might. He is worth signing the divorce papers to the OLD for, he is worth running away from the comfort of all that we know. He will give us LIFE.. not just any life – HIS life.

I encourage you to watch this film and share your insights below 🙂

For the wedding,
Your sister IN Christ