blindsided by truth in the middle of a movie

I do love a good Hallmark movie. Give me a bowl of popcorn and a sappy, boy-meets-girl-and-together-overcome-impossible-odds-to-live-happily-ever-after, and I’m as happy as a lark.

But, I don’t normally stumble on theology-type truth there. Until last night when I almost fell off the love seat hearing:

You’re hoping that when you finally find the courage to trust that your father never stopped loving you, and you tear open that pain you’ve been carrying around, there’s forgiveness inside.

My mind immediately fled to our heavenly Father, and I was so struck by the truth of this line, I had to press pause to think.

Isn’t this what we wish for – that we have a Father Who never stops loving us? That we’re cherished by a Poppa we can trust? That we’ll have the courage to trust He loves us in spite of what we’ve done?

Don’t we hope most of all that when we’re finally brave enough to tear open “My Deepest Fear-Pain,” we’ll find His forgiveness waiting?

As the line ends,

Hope like that, my dear [friend], is what faith is about.

Not a test of giant faith – just small faith in a big God.

hope signFaith that believes God loves me more than life even on my worst day when I’m knee deep in my darkest muck.

It’s hope in a God who forgives me all the way.

It’s trust in the One who hides treasures of truth all over (even the middle of a sappy movie) and Who didn’t stop with His best Act of Grace, but continues to smother me with grace in the everyday.

That’s a God worth believing.

Janna, Grace Embracer

P.S.  Do you think it takes courage to trust God?

Photo Credits:  hope sign,  popcorn party

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