I sat in the movie theater this last week with my daughter. It was one of our “Weekly Date” times. We watched a movie based on a tale told for hundreds of years as we sat in the comfort of our plush seats.
A warrior king…chivalry…nobility…
The soundtrack was spot on and very shortly after falling into the theater seats I felt the music resonate somehow deeply in my bones. It matched beautifully with how I think emotions of passion mixed with fear, courage and intentionality would sound like. And within a few moments, I was hooked.
I watched as the actors on the screen spoke to what I see personally as the struggle of the human condition. Witnessing not only an initially self-serving and selfish individual but the fight to change perceptions, learn, grow and ultimately claim victory.
I mean, that’s what it’s about isn’t it? In the middle of temptation, sin and lust of all kinds it seems that somewhere in the core of us screams for protection, provision, unity and love…or is that just me.
In any case, it wasn’t just the strength and justice that had me in tears. It was the love, loyalty and honor of the main character’s friends.
I remember a very short time ago as my introduction to and journey toward a loving God began. It was a time when I was bathed in constant abuse, tremendous deviance and selfish sickness in an exceedingly sinful environment.
I remember not being able to trust anyone with my thoughts, never mind my heart and feelings.
But God…oh, my good good God had another plan for me.
He placed people in my life who would show me consistently over a matter of years that they could be trusted.
…a matter of years…
It wasn’t that I didn’t long for and hope for people who would be authentic and trustworthy, it was that the far majority of the people in my life did not include those that held those particular values as worthwhile.
So when I watched the love of a brother shown in a way that refused to take the self-preserving steps of walking away from a fight that was sure to end up claiming lives…I was undone. Tears poured down my cheeks (not just moistening my eyes) as my heart leapt from my chest in passionate agreement to the same commitment and love that I have vowed in my core to my own godly friends.
Don’t get me wrong, my fellow sojourners…it is absolutely NOT because I first felt the loyalty and love. It was because through the grace of God they have shown me what love and truth look like. They have shown me that my life and my struggles are not so much that they will not fall away when I fight to find meaning and purpose.
They have shown me that they will not back away from the fight.
They have shown me that they will stand with me.
They have put on their armor at my side and are showing and guiding me on how to fight well.
They live the words of our Savior—
John 15:12-13 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Their beauty goes far beyond what most would see know.
They have incredible integrity.
Their words are loving and kind while also being challenging and convicting.
They help me to grow in my own walk and in my relationship with my Father God.
Proverbs 22:11 “He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.”
There are noble warriors who want to make the world better. Ones who are strong and stable—loving and generous. The ones I know intimately, are the women who fight alongside me daily and have taught me the value of being a good and godly friend. They are the ones who never waste an opportunity to point me to Jesus.
Psalm 115:11 “You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.”
They taught me how to trust.
They taught me where their strength lies.
They showed me the path to peace.
They teach me how to protect myself and those I love well—Oh, how I love them deeply.
Father God, my heart is truly overflowing with the immensity of the blessings you have given me…especially as I recognize the treasures of those you have lovingly placed in my life. I am in utter awe. Thank you for this moment to recognize your movement in my life. As I reflect on a movie that helped to show me one aspect of where you move, I see there are so many times I rush through my day and I’m not even aware of your presence. My Loving Father, help me to be sensitive to your loving movements today.