Abigail and Dolley readers recently I spent a wonderful afternoon with a friend. We had lunch and then a chick flick. We heard Bridesmaids was entertaining and funny and since I was preparing for my 10th time down the aisle as a bridesmaid, it seemed like a great choice. I will admit that I laughed, but much of the humor is about being embarrassed for the main character. That kind of humor has always been unsettling to me. You know what I am talking about, sort of that "Meet the Faulkers" humor? I kept saying out loud, "Oh, no... don't do it..." In addition, there are parts of the movie so crude and disgusting that I just could not watch.
The movie is not appropriately titled, in my opinion it should have been called, "She's Coming Undone" or "Hitting Rock Bottom". It was painful to watch the horrendous decisions the main character made throughout the entire movie. Time and time again she self destructed, allowed herself to be horribly used, and succumbed to jealously and selfishness at an alarming rate. She debased herself on a number of occasions and made a complete fool of herself throughout the movie.
2011 has been the most trying year of my life and I have said dozens of times, "How do people without Christ get through something like this?" Behold, on the big screen was my answer in the form of Bridesmaids. The character had no center, except that she loved to bake, it had been her passion and she stopped. Everyone around her thought that if she would just bake again, her life would turn back around and she would find salvation in the "Nice Guy". To give the movie credit, it took more than a cake to get her life back on track but even with the "happy" ending it was quite pathetic. It left me feeling the overwhelming emptiness that must accompany those without faith and hope.
Ironically, I was reading a book called, The Upside of Down: Finding Hope When it Hurts.
It is a work that takes the reader through life changing crisis and allows them to not only get through it, but to become stronger at the end. It is a journey through understanding, accepting, healing, and empowerment. It is a gentle reminder that God loves us even when times are tough and He is strong enough for us to rely and depend on him. So if you find yourself at the end of your rope, do yourself a favor and do it God's way, otherwise you might find yourself starring in your own "Bridesmaids" movie.
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