OK, OK, you can make fun of me or just point a hand of prayer in my direction, yes I am watching “An Affair to Remember” starring the gorgeous Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr and as surely as I watch the ending I already know that I will cry! This movie is mentioned all through another chick-flick, “Sleepless in Seattle”, and at one point a woman is trying to describe the ending of the movie, “she is sitting there on the couch with her shriveled up little legs,” the reaction of the two men to which she is describing this is really hysterical to me.
So why do I, and a lot of other people (not just women) watch a movie like “Affair” or “Sleepless” over and over again? Well I can only answer for myself but I think it’s because it has a happy ending! They do end up in each other’s arms and you know for sure that she will walk again and he will become a famous artist! I cried the first time I saw it and yes I will again tonight.
Charles Dickens gave us the harrowing tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s night spent visiting with spirits from the past, present and the future and of course his life was changed, he bought the turkey, that the boy to whom he gave the money to buy it described it as “the one in the window as big as me?” to take to the Cratchit’s, gave Bob the day off, and we are sure that he will have the money to see that Tiny Tim is cured of all his ills and we know they will all live “happily ever after”. That is one story that has been re-written many times in many different ways and there is a happy ending every time, and every time one of those sappy movies comes on, I watch it!
There are many things that can go wrong for us from losing the “great love of your life” to missing out on the “job of the century” and we grieve and look back and wish we could change things, but in the morning you are the same person in the same situation you were in before all that wishing and hoping happened as you lay upon your bed.
Isaiah 43:18 “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.”
I watched a pair of eagles, for two consecutive years as they laid eggs, kept them warm until they hatched, and fed the young ones, they took such good care of them. But there came the day when mother eagle started stirring up all the comfortable lining of the nest, exposing bits of sticks and things that made the nest very uncomfortable for the young eagles. Mother eagle took turns pushing them off into space then bringing them back. She made the nest more bare, more uncomfortable until finally there was no place to be lazy, that was when the parent eagles flew off for the last time leaving the young ones to finally fly away to create a nest of their own.
God has a plan for our life but if we keep thinking about days gone by, trying to find that comfortable place to stay, we will never hear about the new plan! God will lead you, give you a cloud of protection by day and a warming fire at night, He will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory, but you have to keep walking in order to get to the Promised Land, He won’t pick you up and carry you there!
James 2:25-26 “The same with Rahab, the Jericho harlot. Wasn’t her action in hiding God’s spies and helping them escape—that seamless unity of believing and doing—what counted with God? The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse.
You can’t drive forward while looking in the rear-view mirror or win a race looking over your shoulder so let’s forget past successes and past failures, pray for God’s will to be done in your life and look forward to see what God has for you!
Now get out your Kleenex and watch the end of this movie with me!