Went to the movies with hubby today (he had a gift card – yay!) and saw the movie “The Dilemma” with Kevin James and Vince Vaughn. It was funny, but I thought it could have been betters- seemed a little underdeveloped. At least we had a nice “date day” together.
Speaking of movies, we love to watch movies. We rented “Shutter Island” last night. Now, I didn’t even want to watch it when I saw the previews because it looked so spooky and freaky. So many people told us that it wasn’t and that it was a good movie so we decided to watch it. First off – it isn’t spooky at all – but a bit freaky in the “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” type of way. Couple times I jumped and there is one scene with rats that totally made me cover my eyes. It wasn’t scary – but apparently I have a very strong aversion to hundreds of rats that I never realized! Second – my brother looks eerily like Leonardo DiCaprio
– so most movies with him in it are just a little too real to me. For example – there is a torture scene in “Body of Lies” that made me sob – I just couldn’t take it (not that enjoy torture scenes on a normal day), I truly felt like I was witnessing my brother be tortured. Terrible! Then in the movie “The Departed” he gets shot at the end – (sorry for the spoiler, but come on the movie is like 6 years old – if you haven’t seen it by now…) again – tears. Have you seen “Blood Diamond?” That movie is a tear jerker at the end anyway- but just imagine if it was your brother dying….
So, back to Shutter Island. I won’t spoil this one for you since it is relatively new – but let me just say that the fragility of the human psyche is mind-blowing – no pun intended. Psychological thrillers are really one of my favorite genre’s of movies – but this one really got me. Again, it didn’t help that I kept picturing Andy up there on the screen. It got to me so bad that D and I were talking about it again over lunch and I started crying over my fries. Really. D just laughs and says “Titanic all over again I am sure glad we are going to see a comedy!”
Side note – when Titanic came out – I was barely 21 years old, had been married just 3 years and had 2 kids under the age of 4 – I was on an emotional roller coaster much of the time. A friend of mine had seen Titanic and thought I would like it, so she offered to babysit and sent us on our way. While watching it, I cried like crazy. But I didn’t want anybody around to know it – so I cried the silent cry. You know – the cry that makes your throat hurt, head ache and your body is shaking. It didn’t stop there. I cried for a good week. I cried every time “My Heart Will Go On” came on the radio. I cried at dinner talking about it with friends. I cried in the car. I cried in my bed. I cried. It was ridiculous. I now firmly believe I was suffering from post partum-depression – but that’s a whole ‘nother story.
Anyway, I am sitting in McDonald’s (isn’t that where all married couples go on their weekly date?) bawling about how sad the movie was. How terrible it would be to have that happen to you. It feels like we are all [this close] to going insane. Kind of freaks a person out. Then it got me to thinking about how thankful I am to have Jesus. If my world fell apart (think Job), He would still be there for me. He will never leave me nor forsake me. (Joshua 1:5)
God doesn’t promise us that we won’t have trials – we will, after all we live in a fallen world. In James 1, he tells us “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
Do you see that? It says WHENEVER you face trials. That means we will face them. We all will – we all do. Later on in the chapter, verse 12 to be exact – he (James) goes on to say “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” I don’t know about you – but I sure want that crown of life. You will bear suffering and affliction in this life – but it is only for a short time – but if you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died on the cross for your sins – you will wear the crown of life for eternity.