So, yesterday seemed like a good day to sit and do nothing but watch my all-time favorite Disney movie Beauty and The Beast.
As I was sitting, I started to ponder on why it’s my favorite. I mean, there are SO MANY good Disney movies. So, why this one?
First off, I think it’s probably because she wanted to leave home and explore the world-much like I do. (Although, unlike me, she had the best looking guy in town falling at her feet, begging her to marry him…NOT that I’d want that, though!)
Anywho, there were a few things I started noticing-lets call them object lessons. Those are the things I’d like to touch base on.
First off, let’s talk about her wanting to leave home. Belle was just ITCHING to leave home. In fact, she was so passionate about it, she sang a reprise of her opening song Little Town, to express how much she wanted to travel the world. But, little did she know the big adventure that was practically in her own back yard.
This got me thinking; How often do we wish to be somewhere else and ignore all the possibilities that are right up the road from us? I know, I’ve been so focused n leaving that I constantly ignore what I could be doing right where I am.
Secondly; Look at how Belle reacted when she first saw the Beast, one might say she was…well…repulsed by him. This got me thinking on something I’ve actually been thinking on quite a bit as of late. How many times do we judge someone and their character based off of what they look like?
I actually met someone over the summer, when I was in Montana, and I realized, had they just been someone I saw walking on the street, I would probably have made some kind of snide remark about them. But, it turns out, this person is one of THE NICEST, most GENUINE people I have ever met. Let me tell you, it has been a BIG eye opener and really made me look into my heart’s intent and attitude.
Third and Final lesson is this: Belle thought her life was completely over when she agreed to take her fathers’ place as the Beast’s prisoner. (To be completely fair, I probably would have too.) But, in the end, the thing she thought that was her “be-all, end-all”, ended up being just the beginning of a beautiful story.
How many times do we think that when something goes terribly wrong, that our lives are over? I can fully admit, that I have all too often-especially recently-thought my life is over before it even began.
But, I love the promise that we have been given in Jeremiah 29:11 ‘”For I know the plans I have for you,” Declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future!”‘
It’s certainly a comfort to know that someone has my back, and knows what’s going to happen. Even if I don’t. Although, I will be honest with you, I would just LOVE to know what is in store for my future. Not knowing tends to send me into a bit of a tizzy some days! But, I guess that is also where God is building my trust and faith in him. And learning to surrender my hopes and dreams to him!
Have you ever watched a movie that really made you stop and think? If so, I would LOVE it if you dropped me a line and told me about it!