Someone once said, if you really want to know who someone is, watch what they laugh at. The same could probably be true about watching what makes people cry.
Movies create unusual opportunities to discover what is going on inside you. Sometimes a single line can stir up a reaction. By observing what it is that you react to, you get an insight into some deeper dialogue going on in your heart. This hit me tonight. Annabelle and I went to a movie and something struck me…. during a trailer of all things.
It surprised me, actually. I went home and replayed it on YouTube to see what was said.
Here it is…
“Every day I wake up knowing that the more people I try to save, the more enemies I will make and it’s just a matter of time before I face those with more power than I have the ability to overcome.”
— Peter Parker
Whew. Still hits me.
We all have our own warfare and I suppose it’s as different as our individual callings. In my case I have a totally bizarre sort of warfare where unusual favor is followed by intense backlash – quite often in the same relationship. Gets to the point where I don’t want to be too liked by anyone new because I don’t want to attract the attack on the relationship. “To whom men commit much they will expect all the more.” (Lk 12:48) I often cannot live up to the expectation.
Regarding the quote put into Parker’s mouth, I don’t think any of us will face enemies more powerful than our ability to overcome. The danger is that persistent conflict can “wear out the saints” in terms of weakening the resolve to keep advancing.
But all of this seems trivial and self-absorbed if you think about the real conflict going on tonight in the Ukraine where real believers who love their country are being pushed face to face with a bullying Russian Principality – a spiritual power called “Rosh” in Ezekiel. In my opinion the real super-heroes are the ones who refuse to bow the knee to Baal in spite of hostile cultures like Islam and parts of Communist China and Hindu India. They practice their faith in the presence of intimidation and in spite of personal, financial and career backlash. The day may come when we will need to do likewise in the West.
May their story be told!
And that’s why I love the arts. Artists tell stories. When art ceases to speak to something that resonates within us it ceases to be art.
That’s one thing I love about Jesus. He is LORD of the ARTS!
He is the author and finisher of every great story and knows how to bring yours to a grand crescendo and happy ending.