I LOVE horribly cheesy made for tv movies. Especially Christmas ones. I like the mix of predictability, mediocre acting and always ending on a happy note. I also love that they can’t include gratuitous shots of people not wearing enough clothes, there is nothing I despise more than movies where people are acting like they are getting physical. So tacky, so gross, so not the real thing – barf.
Back to point. The other day I convinced my husband to watch a made for tv Christmas movie with me. I had delicious snacks, so he was lured in. I’m pretty sure the soundtrack was the same gals that always did the Gilmore Girls, so it was on par with my standards in many, many ways.
In the movie, the main gal hits her head, and gets an amnesia dream where her life is totally different (absolute predictability) from her mean/selfish/ambition driven life and she in the end realizes that she wants to change who she is and have the dream life where she is nice/selfless/semi-philanthropist. All ends well.
During the made for tv movie, there is a point where her long lost love is telling her all the things he did after they broke up and she moved away. He saved the grocery list she wrote on the chalkboard in his house, he kept some old mayo in his fridge from when they were together, he even bagged her pillow to always have her scent. SO kinda creepy, but hearing all the ways he treasured even a memory of her made her realize that she was truly loved by him. All that time she thought he’d moved on and he hadn’t. Game changer.
Later on he lists the things he loved about their life together and why he wanted her back; how he wanted to be there when she went to sleep, and watch her wake up each morning, to be the one who was there when she needed him, to catch her fall when they ice skated because she was always so clumsy and he knew her better than she knew herself… there was a laundry list of things he stated which included lots of qualities girls hope for in a man, all the little things that say, “I ADORE YOU”.
This made for tv movie summary totally has a worthy point;-)
It was during this movie that it hit me. When the dude was listing off all his awesome qualities and ways of affirming his love for the main gal, I thought, “Whoa! That’s totally what Jesus does! He IS that dude that all girls dream about!” Not in the creepers save your pillow kind of way, but in the, “there for you when you need him, and never lets you down” kind of way.
Now, I love my husband, he does do a lot of the little things that are blockbuster movie worthy.
When he has to get up early for work, he makes a stack of pillows to hide the bathroom light from my face so I can keep sleeping while he gets ready.
He fixes my fuel filter when it smells like diesel in my car before I can notice there was a problem in the first place.
He watches silly movies with me like Pacific Rim and lets me “ELBOW ROCKET” him and doesn’t get me back.
He brings me cold water from the fridge before I go to sleep.
He is totally the guy I was meant to marry in a million-trillion ways. It doesn’t hurt that he’s super dreamy handsome either.
But he’s not perfect.
And neither am I.
But I still want perfect.
Sometimes he just doesn’t get me. Sometimes he’s gone for work and really can’t be there when I need someone. Sometimes I still feel alone in something even though I’m married and have three beautiful children and an amazing family and friends.
Guess who stands in when other people can’t?
Other people were never meant to fill all of the voids in my heart. They were meant to fill some of them, but even in those people meeting my needs, Jesus is behind it.
He is the one who gave me my husband to stand in as a physical representation of how much God loves me. And when my kids come up to me and say the sweetest most angelic, heavenly things at just the right moment, I have to chalk that up to Jesus sending me a sweet one saying, “Hey, I love you.” Because normally they do things like this…
Jesus is behind so much, and we don’t even see it.
Jesus has been there for me in so many moments when no one else could be.
We all long for someone to love us, adore us and to think that we’re special. And someone does.
When I stood in my littlest one’s room tonight and held her and sang while she rested her head on my shoulder, I was overwhelmed with how much I loved and just absolutely adored her, but my next thought was, Jesus adores me even more. That is astounding.
He adores you even more.
He adores each one of us even more.
He’s the one who’s going to come dashing in and rescue you from danger, to hold the elevator for you in the building, to wipe the tear from your eye, to kiss your owies, to snuggle you to sleep and to sit with you and watch a made for tv movie with you and not eat all your snacks.
He’s there all the time.
And he’s perfect.
Sometimes he’s demonstrating his love through other people and their actions. And sometimes it’s just you and him and he covers you in peace as you pray and ask for what to do next.
He’s the made for tv dreamboat we’ve always wanted, only better!
So, if you find yourself lonely in something this season, maybe it’s that someone isn’t understanding you, or getting it, or saying just the right thing at just the right moment… tell Jesus right then, and let him step in and be the one that meets all those hopes and dreams in being loved perfectly.
And, have grace on those who aren’t perfect, because they are just giving Jesus a chance to step in and fill that role.
Thanks for reading!