Jesus and Swan Lake....

Tonight I saw Black Swan, featuring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis... and I have to say I'm blown away. It was an amazing film, with some unnecessary language and sexual scenes, but it wasn't as bad as many other movies I've seen, it was artistic. Now some of my readers may be concerned with the title of the blog. As always, bear with me and we will bring everything together at the end.

Black Swan is a new movie, therefore I won't fully explain the plot, but I will say it is a new spin on the original Swan Lake ballet. First and foremost for my fellow MEN, don't refuse to see this, believe me, I wasn't sure it would appeal to me either, but it is awesome, it gave me chills and knots in my stomach. It is intense and it's not something that fits our typical idea of a ballet. The thing I liked about it the most? I was confused the entire time. I know, I know, most people come out of a movie saying "That was so awesome, I totally followed that" but not me, this movie I was intrigued and every time it took me a moment to fully comprehend what was occurring, I shrugged it off and waited to see what would come next. I had faith that the Director would make everything come together, that everything would make sense. He would answer all of my questions before it was over, and even though I was confused I had to trust Him and wait for the next scene.


Here's where it relates to our relationship with Christ. How many times have we gone through a breakup, a death, a failure, a mistake, a disappointment, a setback and focused solely on that issue. We do it all the time, we are angered by God. The confusion as to why we are hurting is too much for us to handle, we focus on that moment, that event, that let down and think to ourselves to figure out the answer. Why do we do this, because many of us are programmed to blame God for those things and think that it's up to us to figure them out. What if we had the same faith in Christ that we have in the Director of a movie. God is the Director of our lives, so why don't we trust Him every time? During this movie I got a text from someone I care deeply for, someone brought into my life by the GRACE of God, someone who has always inspired me to think outside the box...

Ephesians 1:11 >> "It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone."

WHOA WHOA WHOA! Did you just read that... Christ holds the answer to who we are, why we are here... the overall purpose He is working out. GOD is the Director. It's right there, it tells us that He wrote the screenplay to our lives, long before we even knew He was the director. So here it is. When we are hurt and confused and scared, instead of stopping dead in our tracks and asking why? Why did this happen? Why did we break up? Why me? Why aren't you here? What if we looked at it like a movie? What if we just put our confusion, hurt, anger, and fear to the side and waited for our Director to reveal what comes next, allow Christ to show us the next scene AND bring everything together at the end, so that it all makes sense. I know not everything will always make sense, but it will all work out. God's overall purpose is working out in everything and everyone. So why don't we trust that?

I challenge you, and myself. Go see Black Swan, or watch a movie that will confuse you, and pay attention to the way you react to that confusion... you may say- WHAT?!?!?! but I bet you'll wait for the next scene, you will have faith that the Director is going to pull it all together, and bring it full circle. Then do that with your own life... allow God to show you what's next after every hard time, and allow Him to bring it full circle. Embrace life. Embrace God. Embrace His direction. and Enjoy the Show.

Grace and Peace