This is our weekly devotional guest post by my mother, Estelene. Be blessed as she shares with us what God has laid on her heart to share with us.
I just finished watching the movie Taken for the twentieth time. It’s a great action-packed movie. If you haven’t seen the movie, I apologize upfront because I am about to ruin the ending for you. Don’t allow this to deter you from watching the movie though. Every parent should watch this movie in the presence of their teenage daughter or son. It is eye opening. Please forgive me as I do a quick review of the movie’s highlights.
Like so many children today, the daughter in the movie (Kim) falls victim to the broken relationships of divorced parents. Her mother (Lenore) marries a wealthy, successful businessman, and her father (Brian) retires from his profession as a spy (preventer) to gain a closer relationship with his daughter.
Just after Kim turns seventeen years old, she supposedly wants to vacation in Paris with her nineteen year old friend (Amanda). Since she is under the age of eighteen, she must have her parents’ permission before traveling abroad.
Her father, being aware of the dangers of traveling overseas, is not comfortable about signing permission papers. He has a surprise for her though (something that could change her life forever), but she is not interested in hearing about her father’s surprise because she wants only what she wants at that moment. Her stubbornness causes her to shut out her father’s voice and walk out of the restaurant. It is only after his daughter agrees to all stipulations that he has set before her does he finally sign the papers.
After they arrive at the airport and Brian is taking Kim’s luggage out of the trunk of his car does he realize that she is not just vacationing in Paris. She has plans to follow a rock singing group on one of their tours.
Her mother and step-father have made all her traveling arrangements. Even though they know and approve of Kim’s plans, they intentionally keep them from Brian because they know he will not approve nor will he sign the papers. If Kim misses this opportunity, it of course will prevent her from experiencing all that life has to offer. At least that is the thought in Lenore’s mind.
Do you remember the saying, “What comes around, goes around”? Well, Kim is not the only one who has a secret to keep. Her friend, Amanda, does not tell her that the cousins they were supposed to stay with in Paris are going to be in Spain for the duration of their trip.
As the story moves forward, the daughter is kidnapped and sold in to prostitution. Her father uses his skills he acquired as a spy to rescue her.
How does this movie apply to our devotion?
I am about to open the curtains wide and reveal the hidden message.
“Oh what tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” Can you see the web? Amanda deceived Kim by not telling her that her cousins were going to be out of town. Kim lied and deceived her father by not telling him that she and Amanda would be following a rock singing group on their tour. Lenore deceived her ex-husband by concealing Kim’s travel plans. She said, “Just sign the papers, Brian.” And when he refused, she had the nerve to say to him, “You are pathetic.”
Kim’s father knew what was best for his daughter and feared for her safety, but he eventually allowed her to have her way.
Kim made some very bad choices. Of course we have already established the choices to lie and deceive. The girls let the attractive young man they met at the airport share a taxi with them to Kim’s cousins’ house in Paris. She allowed Amanda to influence her in ways that would result in tragedy such as telling the young man which apartment was theirs and that they would be alone.
Unfortunately, Kim and Amanda paid the consequences. Kim was drugged and sold as a prostitute, and Amanda lost her life. It doesn’t tell exactly how she died, but it leads you to believe that she overdosed. Brian found her handcuffed to a bedpost half naked.
Kim’s father loved her so much that he immediately began his dangerous attempt to rescue her.
When Brian burst through the door to the room and killed the man who had purchased Kim and was holding her hostage, she looked at her father in disbelief as she sobbed, “You came for me.” And as he gathered her in his arms comforting her and holding her tightly, he responded, “I told you I would.”
Even though it was a costly lesson to learn, she realized how much her father truly loved her. After their return to the USA, their relationship was deepened.
Does this scenario sound familiar?
How many of you are sitting there right now thinking back on a time in your life when you made some bad choices which led to heartaches. I can think of many. Hindsight is better than foresight. We think we know what is best for us, but God knows what is best.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
We may not be able to see the good in our situation, but God can. It is like working a puzzle. If someone handed you one, two, or even half of the puzzle pieces and asked you to tell them what the picture was going to look like, you would not be able to answer them. Such is our lives. We see one small piece of the puzzle each day we live. God sees what the picture looks like once the puzzle is completed.
Sometimes God gently warns us not to do something, but we turn a deaf ear to His loving advice. And there are times when God allows us to have our own way, even though He knows what is going to happen, in order for us to learn a costly lesson.
When you finally realize that you have totally made a mess out of the situation, you cry out to your heavenly father and He comes and rescues you. Then and only then do you have the understanding just how much He truly loves you. But think of how much heartache you could have prevented if you had just listened to Him in the first place.
Out of the grasp of tragedy God can provide good. For when He walks with us through our trials, our relationship with our Lord deepens.
When your heavenly father speaks to you, heed to his voice. If you don’t, the consequences could be more costly than you can imagine. God loves you. He wants what is best for you. Do you trust him with your life? I have had to learn the hard way, but now I can honestly say that I trust my Lord with my life completely no matter what I am going through.
May God go with you this week. I am looking forward to meeting with you again next week.