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The Hedgehog

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I’d like to start this post by saying a big thank you to Jamal Jivanjee for encouraging not only me, but also all of his blog readers, to watch this film. I’d definitely suggest that, if you have not yet done so already, you check out his blog here. Jamal recently asked me to review this film on his blog, which was a wonderful experience. I have also written a review below. I’d love for you to watch this film and share your insights below.

The Hedgehog is a French film that follows the story of eleven-year-old Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic). She is no ordinary eleven year old either. She sees the world for what it truly is – a giant fish bowl. We are born here, we grow up here, and we fend for ourselves here and eventually we end up belly turned up in the same mundane fish bowl.

Although Paloma came from a rich family she refused to let that define who she was. She made the decision that she was going end her life on her twelfth birthday. Death was a choice for Paloma not an inevitability. She was not afraid of dying. She welcomed it. To Paloma, the choice to die meant defying the world system. It meant that her background, her experiences, her knowledge and her family would play no role in shaping who she would eventually become one day.

Paloma is fascinated with art and philosophy and as her final project she decides to document the world around her using her fathers camcorder. She makes obvious observations about those in her direct circle. Some so blatantly point out the hypocrisy in the adults around her that one can’t help but smile and laugh.

However, when Paloma begins to document the life of her superintendent Renee Michel (Josiane Balasko) and her growing relationship with the new neighbour Kakuro Ozu (Togo Igawa) Paloma is challenged to re-think her pessimistic outlook towards the world.

I’d highly encourage that you to watch the film before you read further. The trailer can be seen here.

*******SPOILER ALERT********

The world is a dark, treacherous system and whether we like it or not we are born into it.  Paloma draws a strong similarity between our lives and the life of a goldfish in a bowl. Both are on show for those around to see, both have the ability to become mundane and boring, and whether you’re a human or a goldfish, you face a certain death. Paloma decides that she isn’t going to live her life in a fishbowl like everyone else; instead, she is going to take her life into her own hands and end it at the ripe age of twelve.

The world system represented in this film is also a parallel of the harsh religious system we see in so many of today’s churches. We have to act a certain way, we have to do certain works, and we have to meet certain expectations in order to even be acknowledged as a fish in the fishbowl. Interestingly, the only way out of either one of these systems is death.

The beautiful connection between Paloma and Madame Renee Michel is the fact that they both see the system for what it is. They recognize the façade that is played out in front of them daily. They also see that they don’t belong in this cookie cutter world. They are seen as “outcasts” and it is this connection that acts as the foundation for a quirky unique friendship. This is seen beautifully in the scene where Madame Michel takes the dress that she borrowed back to the drycleaner – except it had a stain on it. The lady at the drycleaner yelled at her for making a stain on the expensive dress. Paloma turns to Madame Michel and says “so, you also get into trouble for making stains.” This is such a picture of how we are so far from perfect, yet the world and religious system place these high expectations over our lives that we are set up just to fail.

The fishbowl theory is illustrated beautifully in the description Paloma gives to her father regarding differences between the game of Chess and the Japanese game of Go. Chess is a game where you fight to survive through the death of your opponent. Go, on the other hand, is an elegant and organic game and the focus is on producing life rather than killing to survive. Throughout the film we see different characters playing either one of the two games. In one scene, we see Paloma and Mr Ozu playing Go (a game that produces life) and in the very next scene we see a homeless man on the street playing Chess – the game of survival. We can fight to survive, or we can fight for life, however… according to Christ if we want to save our life, we need to lose it first. Ahh the paradoxes!!

There is an interesting scene where Paloma flips a flipbook illustrating her mother’s addiction to anti-depressant pills. I saw this as a beautiful picture of what we decide to sew into our lives that’s what we will reap. The flipbook shows a pill being planted, watered and eventually a plant full of pills growing. It’s a picture that her mother was feeding her depression by constantly consuming these pills. Christ calls us to partake of him; he is the grain of wheat that fell to the ground so that we could live. He died so that we could live. I’ll speak more about this later on…

I just love Paloma’s documentary that we see of the beginning of the relationship between Madame Michel and Mr Ozu. Madame Michel sees herself as being extremely low class and she is constantly putting herself down.

“I am a widow, I am short, ugly, and plump…I live alone with my cat, a big, lazy tom…neither he nor I make any effort to take part in the social doings of our respective species. Because I am rarely friendly – though always polite – I am not liked, but am tolerated nonetheless…”

When she said the above, I thought to myself, when I was involved in a religious relationship with Christ I saw myself as below perfect, just tolerated by Christ. However, when Mr Ozu enters her life, he treats her as an equal. He invites her into his home, he takes her out to dinner, he speaks to her like a human being – he sees her for who she really is, not how she perceives herself.

I just love how when Mr Oku invites Madame Michel out to dinner she politely declines by saying something along the lines of “I am your superintendent, not your neighbour” and Mr Oku replies, with a smile on his face, “Why can’t you have both qualities at once.” We are fallen human beings, yet Christ calls us to dine with him, as equals. WOW!

Their relationship is something extremely special, he admires her for who she is, not for what she does or says. She appreciates the fact that although Mr Oku comes from a rich family, he is different, he is normal, he also does not fit into the cookie cutter mould of the system. He abundantly gives gifts to Madame Michel expecting nothing in return. What a picture of our Christ and how he pours his life into us abundantly, yet he has no expectation for us work for his love and attention, he expects nothing in return, this is a selfless love. Mr Oku never forces himself towards Madame Michel, although it is clear that he desires to take their relationship to the next level. He makes this known by saying to Michel that “we can be friends and whatever we want” he repeats this twice. Our Lord doesn’t force himself on us. He is the perfect gentleman, longing for our love, but never forcing us into a relationship.

The morning after Mr Oku said this to Madame Michel, she wakes up in a strangely good mood. She is happy, maybe there is more to life than the mundane. She goes outside to remove the trash, and the homeless man from earlier is in the street. Madame Michel walks into the road to help move him off, and we are shocked when the dry-cleaning van hits Michel resulting in her death.

At one point in the film, Paloma feeds the goldfish one of her mothers anti-depressents. Within seconds, the fish is floating belly upwards. Paloma is planning on over-dosing on her mothers pills when she ends her life on her twelfth birthday. The death of the fish is extremely symbolic as it acts a shadow of what is to come. She flushes the fish down the toilet and forgets about him.

After Madame Michel’s death Paloma finds that her goldfish actually survived the anti-depressant. Madame Michel found the fish in her toilet and kept him in a different bowl. This is a really nice picture of the fact that a common goldfish who also seemed bored by the mundane, managed to hold onto his life and survive the inevitable.

Now for the most profound and astounding line of the entire film – this line has changed the way I feel about Christ and the way I see how he feel about me forever. This line gave me an astounding revelation of the 100% pure, raw love that Christ has for us and that we should have for him.

“What matters isn’t the fact of dying or when you die. It’s what you’re doing at that precise moment. So Renee, what where you doing at the time of your death?

…………You were ready to love”

WOW! Now think about the precise moment on the bloody cross that Christ is hanging, the moment just as he passes from life into death, what was he doing? He was ready to love. He was ready to love his PERFECT bride. He died to be with her, my pathetic use of words fails me as I try to convey this type of love that I have seen.

I also saw the fact that before we can love Christ, he commands us to lose our lives, to die. I have never thought of it in this way before:

“Lord Jesus, I am ready to love you, I am ready to love you the way that you love me, unfailing, never-ending and whole-heartedly. I am ready to die, I am willing to die, to lose everything that I “think” I hold dear for the sole purpose of loving you” These are not just words any more to me, this is a profound reality. I have never felt more ready to love to Christ, more happy to lose my life so that I can love him without hindrance or distraction.”

“We love because he first loved us” – 1 John 4:19

Megan x

A Walk in the Clouds

This is an old (1995) movie that I saw for the first time recently. I will probably say this about every film that I write about.. But it was a beautiful picture of the Lord, in particular, His undying love for us.

The story is about a young man called Paul (Keanu Reeves) who returns from the war to reunite with his wife Betty (Debra Messing). Betty has decided that she longs and desires for material things and money. Betty persuades Paul to continue with this career forcing him to go to Sacramento. On the way, he meets Victoria Aragon (Angelica Aragon) whose Mexican family owns a vineyard. She is unmarried and pregnant with her professor’s child. Paul offers to stand in as her husband and then “abandon” her the next day.

Paul’s plan to slip away the following morning is derailed when Victoria’s grandfather encourages Paul to stay and help the family with the harvest. He and Victoria attempt to ignore the flame that is sparking between them. Paul’s righteousness prompts him to return back to his wife Betty and attempt to restore their marriage. When he returns home, he discovers Betty with another man. Their marriage is annulled and Paul returns to Victoria to ask for her hand in marriage.

When he returns, he is not welcomed by Victoria’s father. He is drunk and furious and attempts to fight Paul. The result of this is a disastrous fire which leads to the whole vineyard being burnt down. The whole ordeal sheds light to Victoria’s father – he realised his errors. Her father accepts Paul and with the “new root” the family begin to replant and rebuild their vineyard – with their newest family member Paul.

The trailer can be seen here

Okay, so I’ll jump right into the sighting of the Lord in this beautiful romantic film 

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Paul wrote to his wife Betty every single day whilst he was at war. This is a picture of how we, the church, the bride, are always on the Lord’s heart. He loves us, and He is communicating with us daily. He is telling us about His grand plan; He is sharing with us how much He loves us! Betty was only concerned with money and material “things.” We can get so caught up in the world system and our desire for material things that we can completely miss the fact that our bridegroom loves and adores us perfectly – just the way we are. And that in Him, we have everything that we will ever need!

Paul was an honourable husband, and in His love for his bride set off to Sacramento to sell chocolates. En route, he had his first encounter with Victoria, who we soon see should be his true “bride.” She was far from perfect. She was pregnant with another mans child, she was sick on him on the train, she ended up getting him kicked off of the bus because he defended her from two encroaching lustrous men.  What a picture of our Lord. We are far from perfect, in fact, we are the opposite of perfect, yet He will defend us all day every day, no matter what our circumstance or situation!

Paul agreed to step in as Victoria’s husband so that she wouldn’t look bad in front of her family. This is a picture of the Lords first miracle (when he turned water into wine). The purpose of this miracle was to remove the shame from the groom in front of his guests. Similarly, Paul stepped in to remove Victoria’s shame from her family. Both of these examples are shadows of the reality that the Lord has ALREADY removed our shame! Hallelujah!

Everything that Victoria had to offer was a desire of Paul’s. He grew up in an orphanage, and longed desperately for a family. Victoria was carrying life inside of her and she was surrounded with her family members. He longed for a wife that loved and adored him as much as he loved her. He saw that he could have this with Victoria. But he was bound by the law of marriage. Betty is a picture of the Law and how the Law restricts us from loving the Lord freely. We were under the Law and it had to be removed in order that we could enter into a free relationship with Christ. This is just like Paul and Betty; they had to annul their marriage (remove the “Law”) in order for Victoria and Paul to be together.

Victoria’s father is a picture of the old man. He was extremely traditional and bound by his family traditions and roots. He demonstrated his “love” to his family by means of his works in the fields. This is a picture of the old covenant. We could not freely love the father, we had to perform rituals, sacrifices and above all, keep the Law in order to demonstrate our Love for Him. Paul frequently got into arguments with Victoria’s father pleading for her innocence. He says “I know that she is good and strong and deserves all the love this world has to give. Can’t you see that, how wonderful, how special she is?”…”She’s like the air to me” he also says “Why can’t you just love her? She’s so easy to love”. WOW. It’s like the Lord is talking about his perfect bride, declaring how she deserves His love, how He adores her and how He finds her so easy to love! It’s beautiful!! (See Ephesians 5:25).

The entire vineyard was grown from a single root that had been in the family since the beginning. This is a picture of how the Lord is our root and when we plant Him, our vineyard will grow. He produces the fruit and the wine which unites the family (His Church and Body) all we need to do is plant him deep within ourselves and allow Him to manifest and grow. The family come together to harvest the grapes. They help one another and it is a time for celebration. May the Lord be the vine that roots us and unites us! He himself is a massive cause for celebration.

The celebration of the harvest called for the grapes to be crushed in order to make wine. The grapes had to die in order for the family to produce the wine. Just like the Lord had to die so we could be made “new”. This is the point in the film where Victoria and Paul realize that they have strong feelings towards each other. But Paul couldn’t be with her because he was In the Law of Marriage.

His honour prompted him to return to Betty to try and work things out. On his way home, he catches a ride and the driver says to him “Welcome back to Earth”. The vineyard where Victoria’s family was from was like being “in the clouds”. It’s a picture of how the Lord came to Earth to abolish the Law. When Paul got home, Betty was with another man. They ended their marriage that day. This is such a powerful picture of how the Lord did everything in His power to restore His fallen bride back to Himself. He sent the flood, He tried prophets, He tried a king and He tried a temple. He then went all in and came Himself (Welcome back to Earth) and he physically fulfilled the Law. The only way that Paul could be with Victoria, was if he got rid of the old. (Betty is also a picture of the Old man)

Paul could finally be with Victoria – his “new” bride. This is a picture of how we were once in Betty (selfish, under the law, earthly desires, incapable of loving the Lord the way He loved us) but because of the work of the cross, we have become the perfect bride which is Victoria (the Church, free from the Law, only desires what He desires, returning His perfect Love back to Him).

When Paul returns to Victoria, her father (the old man) is highly opposed. The father and Paul get into a big fight; this is a picture of how the old man can be extremely resistant to change – he is truly stuck in his “old” ways. Her father throws his lantern which results in a massive fire that rips through the vineyard and destroys everything in its path.  The vineyard stood as a symbol of their family’s history and it was destroyed overnight. Again, a powerful picture of how our entire history (in Adam) wad destroyed because of a single incident (the cross). The following day (a NEW day), Paul (Christ) walks through what’s left of the vineyard, the ashes and death, and finds the original vine that was planted. He pulls it out and finds that it still contains life.

The fire, which is a picture of death, brings Victoria’s father to his knees. His mindset of what it means to love his family is renewed and he begs his family to teach him how to love them, not through his works, but through his heart. What a picture of a renewed spirit. We no longer have to strive and work daily to earn His love – he gives it to us freely.

The family replants the root and Victoria’s grandfather says to Paul:

“This is the root of your life, the root of your family; you are bound to this land and to this family by commitment, by honour and by love”

Christ is the root – he is the root of our lives, of our family (spiritual family), He is the land to which we are bound to, and it is all through His commitment to us and ours to His, His incredible honour of sacrifice and most importantly by His LOVE.

Thank you Lord that you have crafted the most perfectly, beautiful Love story and that we are your Bride, your Victoria.

Megan x

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