Monday, August 15, 2011

Movie Quote Monday-Not the Right Time?

Today's Feature: Serendipity, Miramax Films, 2001

Sara-“Well, if we're meant to meet again, we'll meet again. It’s just not the right time now. “
onathan-“Maybe we're supposed to meet on British time and we're five hours too early.”

Biblical Connection: Habakkuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.

Sara and Jonathan meet one afternoon in a department store as they are reaching for the same pair of gloves. They strike up a conversation, realize there is a little chemistry between them, and decide to go out for a frozen hot chocolate at the famous Serendipity ice cream shop. Although they spend a few hours together getting to know one another, at the end of the evening, Sara decides to leave everything up to destiny and fate as to whether or not they should pursue a relationship. Sara writes her name and phone number inside a book and then donates it. Jonathan writes his name and phone number on a five dollar bill and then pays for their hot chocolates with it. As they part ways, this memorable quote is spoken. The movie continues a few years later when they each begin a search for the other.  What we see in their search is a series of near misses as their paths continue to cross unbeknownst to them. Eventually by following destiny’s leading, they find each other and live happily ever after, of course.
Do you believe in destiny? A time for everything, all things planned, completely out of our hands? Or is it all free will?  We choose our own path, make our own way? The Bible confirms that our lives are in the hands of God. Before we are even born, God has a design and a plan for our life. Yet at the same time, God has given us free will and we are able to make choices every day that affect the outcome of our life. However no matter what choices we make in life, nothing can stop the plans of God. Our choices may take us in a different direction for a time, but we will eventually make our way right back to where we belong. Often times what takes us off path, is our own desire to control the situations of life. We want to try to make what we want happen so we make choices to ensure that it does. Usually that is because we think our choices for our life are better than God’s. Or we are in a hurry for things to happen and we don’t want to wait for God’s timing. God always has our best in mind when he plans our life and His timing is perfect.  Although we may not enjoy it, or it can sometimes take us in a direction we don’t want to go, we can be assured that it is designed for our own good. Instead of choosing to go our own way, we would do better to open our hearts and minds, bring everything before Him, and allow His leading to guide our choices. Because you never know what happiness God has waiting for you.

For Further Reading: Proverbs 16:9, Exodus 9:5, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Psalm 103:19, 1 Timothy 6:15

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