As Dan would say, I am very behind in the movie world! I watched movies on tv growing up, but I wasn’t really into going and renting a movie on the weekend with friends. I’d rather go do something. As a result, Dan calls me naive to the movie world. BUT, last night we were “catching up” and we watched the movie “Up.” What a fantastic movie! I had heard so much about it and how good it was, we just never got the chance to see it. Wouldn’t ya know, a good ole Disney movie taught me a lot and reminded me that despite tough times, keep going for your dreams – and in our world, keep striving after God’s will.
I’m sure many of you have seen it (our youth group kids laughed at me b/c I hadn’t :)) so I will spare you in giving a full summary. At the beginning of the movie, it moves fast. Carl meets the love of his life, Ellie. I have definitely found the love of my life! They talked about having children and Ellie had gotten pregnant, but they had lost the child and never got pregnant again. Though we have not lost a child or can even begin to know what that feels like, I was watching it and felt like – whoa, that is somewhat like us! They had to move on from that disappointment and start a new life. Carl and Ellie started a coin jar to fund their dream trip of moving to Paradise Falls, and they were so excited and so in love. And the movie continues and I highly recommend it. But it was just interesting to see in a movie the storyline of losing a “dream.” I was getting all teary eyed b/c I could relate SOO MUCH! Never thought I would say I would relate to a Disney movie, but I looked at the obviously fictional life they lived afterwards and they were so happy! I kept thinking – hey, we can move on too! There is so much life ahead of Dan and I yet and so much to look forward to. Who knows (except God) what is in store for us. Hopefully we get to go on the trips of our dreams someday, like the Netherlands. All the little mini vacations we can go on, the spontaneous trips to see people, the ability to go do whatever we want, whenever we want. That IS a blessing! Yes, I know I am leaving out the possibility of adoption b/c we still do not feel God calling us to that. Because of that, we need to move on.
GOD HAS A PLAN. He knows our dreams -His dreams for us might be better! He knows our future -His future plans might be better than ours. It was incredibly motivational to see Carl and Ellie “move on.” I find it pretty cool that it took us this long to see that movie, but yet we saw it at the perfect time. By all means I am not modeling my life after a Disney movie :), but there is hope. God will renew that hope and help us move forward in the best timing that He sees. And who knows, maybe we will find a Russell – the Wilderness Traveler in our life someday. (You’ll just have to see the movie :)).