Awhile ago, I mentioned that French Kiss was my favorite movie. Yes, that chick flick with Meg Ryan. I know, not exactly Oscar material.
There's the obvious superficial reasons I love that movie..it's funny, it's romantic, and a lot of it is in France.
But I'm happy to say that I was able to discover the real reason I love it at a Sacred Romance conference. I don't know if you've heard of John Eldredge but he's big into examining what blockbuster movies reveal about the human heart's longings and desires. So if you go to one of the conferences, you get to watch lots of film clips and stuff.
Anyway, we had an exercise where we were supposed to figure out what our favorite movie said about us. So as I sat there totally bewildered over what French Kiss revealed about me (I'm superficial? I like to laugh? I love France?), I had a moment where a light bulb went off over my head.
You see the basic plot line of French Kiss is that the Meg Ryan character (Kate) chases after her ex-fiance when he dumps while he's in France. She's terrified of flying, but in order to win back her love she hops a plane to France. During this whole wild and crazy event she meets up with a French con-man who is at first using her but then of course falls madly in love with her. It doesn't take long for Kate to realize she really doesn't want her fiancee after all and then she ends up on a vineyard with the French guy.
And it reflected my life at the time, and my life in general so well. So often I find myself chasing after the love that I think that I want...whether that be a person, a place, a career, etc. only to once more find that there is a greater love for me. He's not French, but He created the French and He created me and He loves me. Far better than anyone else ever will be able to. And He'll even use the loss of things I love to develop new character in me.
So yes, I like a good romantic comedy, but I also like to just settle into that knowing...that there is a better love for me. And to be reminded through a silly movie? What's wrong with that? Maybe Heaven really does look like a French vineyard.
What does your favorite movie reveal about you? :)
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