Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Put the Book Down, Will You?

So--we're watching "The Mummy", you know, the first one. The movie's about 2/3 over--Evie is defending herself against the just-revived, dessicated Anck-Su-Namun, Rick O'Connell is whacking away at dusty but determined Egyptian priests, and then there's Jonathan. Oh yes, Evie's aimless brother. He's on the periphery of the action with the all-important Book of the Dead, the book that holds the key to destroying the scary and dangerous Imotep. And Jonathan is, well, irritating.

There he is, book in hand, essentially out of danger, and his only job is to READ SOMETHING. I mean, how hard can it be? And he's COMPLAINING about it. And while he's doing it, and slowly, mind you, Rick and Evie are subduing real bad guys--dismembering them and scattering them to the winds. And what are they doing at the same time? HELPING JONATHAN.

That's right. Here they are, swords flying, giving the guy who risks nothing hints and help, all while keeping flesh-hungry mummies at bay. And while they do it, they are patient, articulate, and brave. Duh. What's wrong with this picture?

Well, nothing as it turns out. This, ladies and gents, is the way of our world. We are Jonathan. Yes, we are. I mean, really....when was the last time you ever had to really defend anything or anyone? When have you been in any real danger?

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.--Hebrews 12:4

No we haven't. And we're still complaining.
It's too hard, Lord.
Why me, Lord?
Give me, Lord!

And there's our God, sword in hand, defending us, or hands stretched out on the cross, dying for us.
We ought to have only one thing on our lips.
Humble thanksgiving.

We don't necessarily have to put down our own work, but maybe we ought to recognize what's really going on outside our little world, don't you think?


  1. Jo Anne, you have the most amazing perspective. From The Mummy no less. I guess if we're looking and listening for God we will see him anywhere, eh?

    Good word!

    1. Ha, Jody, a friend of mine was teacher and her students complained that she brought a Bible lesson into every subject. Her reply: But everything is a Bible lesson. Always remembered that.

  2. I was a bit lost never having seen the movie, but the point at the end was well taken! I'm happy to be here! I'm right next to you at still saturday this week.

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. Glad to hear that the point came across even without the movie. Thanks for visiting.

  3. Oh, thank God for His grace, that reaches far beyond my own weak complaints and hesitations.

    1. Right there with you girl. Feel so much like a whiner sometimes. Thanks for taking the time to comment.