The Vow

Happy Monday!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  In addition to a fabulous “apres ski” affair, one of my highlights was getting to see The Vow with a few friends.  Ya’ll one of the reasons I LOVE Valentine’s Day is because of the onslaught of chick flicks that accompany it.

I had modest expectations of The Vow and I have to say, it pretty much exceeded all of them.  Here’s a little trailer to give you some background:
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What I loved most about the movie was seeing the way Channing Tatum’s character, Leo, refused to give up on his wife Paige.  She had no recollection of him, no love for him, and had no idea they were even married, but Leo did not give up.  He never stopped loving her and did whatever it took to win her back.

There was a brief moment in the movie, where I thought about how in so many ways, Leo’s faithful pursuit and commitment to Paige is just a glimpse of God’s faithful pursuit and commitment to us.  Even when we forget, wander, or run the other way, God does not leave our side.  He waits.  He waits for us to return to Him.  And when we do, He doesn’t judge, He doesn’t lecture, He just opens His arms and brings us into His loving embrace.

That, my friends, is love in its truest form.

“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.’ 
Isaiah 44:22

“I have seen (her) ways, but I will heal (her);  I will guide (her) and restore comfort to (her).” 
Isaiah 57:18
Kim & Krickitt Carpenter (photo from Urban Christian News)
And here’s a fun fact: Did you know The Vow was inspired by a true story?!  The couple even wrote a book about it.  What I loved discovering is that the couple  are Christians and credit their lasting love story to their faith in God and commitment to uphold the vows they made to God and one another.  Check out an interview they did here.