We watched National Treasure 2 today. Even though it was a beautiful day and almost everything inside me said I should be sending my kids out to play in the sun, the other part said I needed to follow through on watching this movie with them and we really needed to return it to my sister!
It is an action packed movie that combines accurate history with a fictional hold-onto-your-seat kidnapping of the president. Actually the kidnapping is not all that seat gripping. It is kind of a fun part of the movie. The gripping part is the last 10 minutes when action meets heart and you are stuck between knowing it ends up good, but afraid to watch in case it doesn’t. In fact, one of my sons did not want to watch it.
“Tell me when it’s over” was his mantra. For almost. Every. Part.
Keep in mind that although I was not making him watch any “scary” parts, I did encourage him by saying, “If you see the struggle, it makes the happy ending that much sweeter.” When you know all that Ben Gates, the main character, went through, you feel the joy at him finding the treasure ( or does he? ).
It is similar in our lives here on earth. We must run the race that God has before us. The race might be hard. Trials, broken relationships, pain, fear, and hurt will come our way. And when they do… (It is not an issue of “if,” it is “when.”)…. When they do, God will help us get through them and it will be even more sweeter on the other side. Through these trials, you will develop an intimacy with God that most people do not come close to for you will lean on him with everything you have.
And though those trials will be hard, nothing comes close to the sacrifice of Jesus dying on the cross in order to give us eternal life with Him in Heaven.
There is a point in the movie where the characters have to make a choice of who to leave behind in order to save the others. In the end, the choice is made for them.
The choice was made for us. Jesus died for us. It is not our choice. He chose to die for our sins and without the Holy Spirit grabbing our hearts, we would never choose Him. It is all Jesus.