Today I decided I needed to take a little time just for myself and so I decided to go to a movie. I was feeling frustrated with school and the ongoing demolition that has been transpiring all week inside the house I live (not my house, I’m the nanny). I had no idea what my options would be so I hopped on Fandango to check out the listings for our local theater with the mind that I would watch whichever movie I could get to the soonest… unless of course it was something I couldn’t possible consider “wasting” money on. What I discovered was The Young Messiah (and in fact it was the only movie I would have been inclined to see) of the films playing.
And so I went.
I feel so peaceful now, calm and relaxed. It was a truly beautiful film. It is, of course, a fictional story as very little is known of Jesus’ childhood. The film does not pretend to know the answers. It tells you straight up at the beginning that it is inspired by stories from the Bible and is fictionalized imagination of what one year of his childhood life may have looked like. I respect that. Important events are depicted and strung together to create a cohesive whole (whether the timelines are true or not, I do not know.). View it as the story of a very special boy living a unique life. Enjoy the great love and faith that binds the family together and the gentleness of spirit that exudes from the child’s spirit. I found myself wiping away tears from both eyes on more than half a dozen occasions. The beauty of the cinematography and the strength of the music really touched me deeply. But of course, I’ve always had a strong spiritual connection with my faith, my God, and my Savior.
Before making up my mind that I would in fact see that film I had typed into the search engine for reviews and at quick glance they all appeared to be poor. Yet, I was still compelled to choose it. And I am so grateful that I followed my own heart. It was everything I wanted it to be. It was truly beautiful and will remain with me for a long time and I recommend it to anyone who has a strong love of Jesus and our relationship with God and can watch it as the celebration of a human being, which is truly what I think it was meant to be.