LIFE

Life in a lovely enchanted cottage. How great would that be?

So you’re going to think all I did this past weekend was watch movies. Actually, I did a lot.

We’re cleaning out a lot of stuff. And I do mean a lot of stuff. I’m thinking through everything I lay my hands on, whether I really do use it or if I have ever used it. Is it something I could rent cheaply? How many sheet sets do I need?

You get the point, right?

So I have been busy. Really.

Anyway, I decided I’d try something different. I couldn’t walk outside so I took my computer downstairs to watch a movie while I was on my elliptical machine. I didn’t know if it would work or not. Maybe too much movement. But it worked.

So I watched a remake of an old movie, “The Enchanted Cottage”. I hope I don’t spoil it for you but it’s about two young people who have some less-than-perfect physical imperfections. (I’m purposely being vague in case you want to rent it.) Anyway, they fall in love and get married and live in the enchanted cottage. Once they are married, they no longer see the imperfections in the other one. They come to the conclusion that the enchanted cottage is really enchanted and that it is the cottage that has transformed them.

But the young man’s father comes for a visit and in the course of the discussion, he mentions his son’s imperfections. The couple realizes that what they see of each other is not what the world sees. At first, they are crushed. But they come to realize that it’s OK.

It’s a precious story and all about how “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. It must be because my husband says I’m beautiful even in the morning.

I’m not.

women in morning

And the house is my dream home. It’s old, all brick and stone and ivy climbing everywhere on the exterior. For me, that’s all it takes for me to fall in love with a home. In the summer we have this climber that winds its way up the side of our stuccoed home. Eventually, I have to cut it back or it actually creeps into the screens. But it’s so cool.

Enchanted Cottage

(The movie only rated two stars. Of course, no sex, no violence, no foul language, no nudity. An automatic “downer”. I’m guessing the original had higher ratings.)

I got to thinking.

Why can’t the world be like that?

Why can’t we see past each other’s imperfections, facial or otherwise?

Wouldn’t that be great?

But that is how God sees us. He sees beyond our faults and our shortcomings and because He loves us so much, He sees us as beautiful. So while we can’t live in an enchanted cottage, we can be reassured that there is Someone who sees us through the eyes of love.

I used to be a guest soloist. One of the songs I sang was “In Heaven’s Eyes”. It says it all. I hope you will listen to it.

On days when I screw up, when I think I look horrible, when I’m rude, when I am angry, when I’m unkind, (you get the point), God sees all that as only outer manifestations, not who we are inside.

I really must read the book now. Hmm, guess not. Just checked Amazon and there isn’t one. Darn. Checked the library, just in case.

Nada.

Must have just been a screenplay.

Anyway, I hope you experience some enchantment today.

God bless and have a good one.