Monday, October 27, 2014

Never Go Against A Sicilian!

Hey everyone, thanks for coming back for part 4 of The Princess Bride series. If you’ve missed the first three, you can catch up:

Let's watch the clip first!

Quite an interesting scene here isn’t it? Vizzini is adamant he’s not a fool. He prides himself on his brains, his wits.

“First pride, then the crash— the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.” Proverbs 16:18 MSG

I love Westley’s reaction, “Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.” Sarcastic amusement. Vizzini goes on and on. Thinking about who he believes Westley is. Deduction. Man’s logic, and in the end…trickery.

The battle of wits to decide who is right and who is dead.

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.

Don’t assume that you know it all.” Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG
I think many times we can pull a Vizzini. We base our view of who God is on our limited knowledge, human reasoning and deduction and not on the actual Word of God, thereby failing miserably.

We try to figure out tough situations out on our own.  We take matters into our hands, leaning on our own understanding.

Vizzini was at a crossroads of sorts. He had to figure out a tough decision. Now for the sake of this clip, we know he’s the villain. We know that Westley is the hero and needs to take him out. I’m not comparing Westley to God in the sense that God gives us no way out situations. He doesn’t.

But we all have hard decisions to make. And going on our own understanding always leads to dire consequences.

We may not understand everything about God. We don’t. We never will. But we don’t have to understand Him to trust in His wisdom and His goodness. To trust in His promises that 
He will never leave us, never forsake us, that He’ll always guide us, give us wisdom and help us navigate through tough times and even tougher choices.

Because God…yeah, He always surprises us! Vizzini NEVER expected poison in both cups. WE never expected it! And God answers our prayers and guides us in ways we’d never expect either.

By putting the poison in both cups, Westley removed Buttercup’s immediate threat and freed her from an enemy.

You never know how He’s going to do what needs to be done for you either. But the surprise is always worth it!

“With God are wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.” Job 12:13 NET

Which character from The Princess Bride can you relate to most? Why?

Do you ever struggle with trusting God? How do you get through it?

Join me next Monday for Hello, My Name is Inigo Montoya.


  1. Great post, Jessica! I do struggle with trusting God sometimes, and I handle those moments of doubt by looking back at the times where God came through at just the right time. :) Loving these Princess Bride analogies!

  2. "You never know how He’s going to do what needs to be done for you either. But the surprise is always worth it!"

    I LOVE that today, Jess!

  3. Awesome post!
    Yes, I struggle sometimes too, but I do manage to catch myself and meditate on certain passages in the Bible to remind myself of God's promises.

  4. So I tried to leave a comment here the other day, but weirdly, it didn't go through. I love this post sooo much! In my original comment, I copied the same lines Susan did...about God's surprises being soooo worth it.

    I'm very good at talking about trusting God...not always so good at actually doing it. In fact, I was just talking to friends recently about my tendency to want to control life...but it's always when my grip loosens and I FINALLY step back and surrender and trust that God surprises me.


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