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Notting Hill; holds the title of “Most-Watched,” out of my all-time favourite movies. The film came out in 1999, the year of my searching. After a swathe of breakups and trauma and sadness and giving up on love, and friendships in my own life, we connected, me and the movie. For many, many reasons, (including a love of travel and books, a desire for friends who were faithful and a yearning for simple love, based on decision and commitment rather than common interests or appearances or a great night out), I found home with the characters. We were lost together.
Over the last two nights my husband and I, have watched it again on Netflix. It was like catching up with an old, old friend. It must have been 10 years, since I saw it last, but I still, pretty much, knew every line. I found myself smiling, at the words about to come. Do you ever do that?
We got to the fight scene, where Julia Roberts’ character, Anna Scott, “The American,” in anguish of soul, lashes out at the nearest person, Hugh Grant’s character, William Thacker, about her circumstances.
After arguing that “In the huge scheme of things, this doesn’t matter!” Thacker says, “All I’m asking for is a normal amount of perspective.”
Anna Scott replies, “It’s just that I’ve dealt with this garbage for 10 years, you’ve had it for 10 minutes. Our PERSPECTIVES are very different.”
And I thought to myself, this is still relevant, even though I am no longer a singleton in my late 20’s.
I thought about my recent post All She Had to Give and my post If You, or a Loved One, Are Chronically Sick – Read This Be Encouraged, You Are Not Alone in it, both about times in my life when I, much like Anna, was in a relentless situation for years. Sometimes in those times, we just ache for someone to see things through our eyes, to feel the intensity with us.
However, like Anna Scott, who eventually comes round to William’s perspective, admitting “Rubbish it all is,” we actually need the opposite. If we’re ever going to get out of our perspective, we need others, to help us see the bigger picture, “the huge scheme of things”.
William didn’t try to share his own perspective, although Anna tried to use her perception of it against him. Instead he tried to open her eyes to a higher view. He even tried to get her to laugh about her circumstances.
I recognise myself, at times, even if it’s in an imaginary conversation, trying to argue people out of their perspectives. I am sure there are people who would love to argue me out of mine sometimes, especially when I’m behaving badly. I also know that those people have no chance of making an impact, arguing in the moment. Just like I have no chance of making an impact arguing with them, because we deny each other that way.
God doesn’t deny our perspectives he just has a higher vantage point.
Jesus often climbed mountains to pray. I think, he also did it, to get out of his earthly perspective. When we see the huge scheme of things, even in the natural, it changes our thinking.
Even when we can’t climb a mountain or even get out of bed, we can still change our perspective. We can ask God for a supernatural view of things. The only ‘normal’ person ever to walk this earth was Jesus. The rest of us are fallen and broken. If we want a ‘normal’ amount of perspective on something we need Jesus’ eyes. He is the normal we need. He is also the power we need. The name of Jesus has power to break chains and tear down mountains and raise up the dead. It has the power to change our perspective.
I’ve been reading 1 Samuel. Hannah was a barren wife, in a polygamous marriage, deeply loved by her husband, but in awful rivalry with the other wife, a woman with numerous children. Hannah was miserable, she was frequently provoked to tears by her rival and at the same time treated tenderly by her husband. No amount of provoking or tenderness could change her miserable perspective, but one thing did. Prayer.
1 Samuel 1:10 says,
In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.
1 Samuel 1:12-18 says,
As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli (the priest) observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine!”
“Not so my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”
Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”
She said. “May your servant find favour in your eyes.” Then she went on her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.”
Her face was no longer downcast. She had eternal perspective on her situation.
I want to encourage you today. Go to the LORD in your anguish and grief. Go to the LORD deeply troubled. Go to the LORD in your weeping. Go to the LORD to pour out your soul. Go in the name of Jesus. Go from your perspective into His courts, so that you might gain His vantage point, and leave there no longer downcast.
God bless you. God encourage you today. God share with you His huge scheme of things. God give you his peace so that you may no longer be downcast.
Lots of love,
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