Ah. 2004. When you had to fly across the world JUST to get a DVD of a movie you're dying to watch. Good times. In this #FlashbackFriday post, I reflect on a Robert Downey Jr movie that made me think of God's redeeming love.
August 21, 2004
A tale of redemption
For the past few days I've been obsessed about the movie Restoration. I absolutely adore the movie. Unfortunately it's just not in Malaysia! I've been searching high and low for the DVD, and like the Emma Thompson, Kenneth Brannagh Shakespearean flick, Much Ado About Nothing, I guess I'd have to either fly to the US or order through Amazon to get it.
It's set in 17th century England during King Charles II's reign and is a tale about Robert Merivel, a physician whose thoughts lie on pleasure first, duty the very last. Robert Downey Jr plays the irresponsible doctor, while Sam Neil was just heavenly as the Merry King of England.
Merivel, upon a stroke of luck, becomes the King's veterinarian and is bestowed land, property and even a wife - who happens to be the King's mistress. The only condition to all this luxury is that he never ever falls in love with the mistress. Guess what he did?
Restoration is primarily a story of redemption, and all Christians have one, don't we? My heart just absolutely soars when Merival rises from his great fall from prestige to discover what he was really called to do: to be a physician first and foremost, and a father of his child. (Or maybe I'm like some women - I dig men who are good with children.)
Watching Restoration reminds me about my story of redemption. And what a scary fall I had too ... when I look back at who and how I was, I just wonder how in the world I came so far.
I searched for God desperately when I was younger; in New Age's weird sects, in Buddhism, in the trees and wind ... I searched high and low for Him ... what do they say? That if you search for God you will find Him?
Or He will find you?
I think it's Him finding me in this case. One day, He just swooped into my life, and nothing has been the same.
Oh yeah, sure, my life as a Christian honestly has not been stellar. I'm definitely nobody's model Christian. I don't evangelise on a normal basis, I like lewd jokes and if you've heard me talking about sex to my galpals you'd probably turn red.
But God? He's there. And I don't know how I can live without Him, how my life would be like without Him being there for me. Sometimes I do wish He could speak audibly to me. Sometimes I wish I had more than the Bible to remind me that He's there. But turn back on God?
The thought is far too scary. Turn back and go where?
In a way, Merivel's life mirrors mine. Ours ... my, what mistakes we've done and how far some of us have fallen ... but can we pick ourselves up and discover ourselves as Merivel has?
What's your redemption story? :)