Monday, October 13, 2014

Never a Need to Doubt!

Welcome everyone to our second part in The Princess Bride series. If you missed week 1, you can check it out HERE.

Here is the moment of truth. Buttercup has believed Westley wasn’t who he said he was. But as he fell, she heard those familiar words spoken to her.
As you wish…
And down the hill she follows her true love who she thought was dead.

First off, let’s watch the clip! 




 I love this small clip of conversation. He’s alive and she can do more than move! She can fly.

“He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near. We live and move in him, can’t get away from him!” Acts 17:28 MSG

Westley had been there the whole time rescuing Buttercup, but she refused to see him. I bet if she’d really looked, she’d have recognized his eyes. Now, I admit, Westley was playing a bit of hide and seek but all for the purpose of testing his beloved. “Did you miss me? Did you think about me? Have you fallen out of love with me?”

God often tests our hearts as well.

“the refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the Lord tests the hearts.” Proverbs 17:3 NKJV

“I told you I would always come for you…Death cannot stop true love, all it can do it is delay it awhile.”

Ever felt like God was far off? Uncaring? Unloving? You’ve wondered where he’s gone? Especially when you’re living in the pits, with heartache. Or in an out of control situation? Buttercup was grieved because she thought her love had died. She was now being forced into a marriage and there was no way out. Buttercup had lost all hope. In fact, she was contemplating suicide and even attempted it (until once again Westley saved her)

He was there when she needed it. It was never too late. Might have felt like it to her, but it wasn’t!

God has not abandoned you. He is not dead! He’s near.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8 NKJV

Buttercup realizes just how near and real Westley is, and she says, “I will never doubt again.”

To which he responds, “There will never be a need.”

Friends, you have no need to doubt your First Love. He’s mighty to save. Mighty to rescue. He’s close. So very close. Feel His presence, His embrace to your heart.

And know. You need never doubt again.

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Why do you think it's so easy to doubt? 

10 comments:

  1. Doubt doesn't take courage. To hope it takes the courage to believe in change, miracles, and an Almighty God. Things that others laugh out when what we hope for falls through. So doubt is the comfort food of everyday life, lest our hopes be dashed.

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    1. That is such a great insight, Michelle. Doubt really takes no courage at all. Love this!

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  2. This post actually brought tears to my eyes. I've seen that movie countless times, but your post opened up my eyes to the parallel of your series. Wow! Sometimes when we have a season of doubt, it comes from a season of difficulty - that's when trusting is most important. By the way, I saw Cary Elwes on the Today Show this week, and he has co-written a book titled "As you wish..."about the making and behind the scenes of the making of The Princess Bride.

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    1. I agree, Loree. I think many of my doubting moments have come off a major disappointment or difficulty. I had no idea about this book! But now I'm seeing it everywhere! Who knew! Glad this spoke to your heart, Loree!

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  3. This was beautiful. We are His beloved and He is never, ever far away. Ever. Love how you tied this in. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Jodie! And thanks again for sharing the post on Facebook!

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  4. Oh, I love this! TPB has been a favorite for ages, and I never before saw the similarities between the characters' interaction and how God loves and protects us. Awesome! Now I have to watch the movie again. :)

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    1. Gwen, you must watch it again! It's one of my all time faves too. I could probably do a 20 week series lol but that might be going overboard. hee hee

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  5. I think only someone as cool as you would think to do a devotional based on The Princess Bride. :)

    I LOVED this post...the comparison of Westley being there even when Buttercup didn't realize or didn't see him. You know what else is cool...he doesn't necessarily come rushing in to declare his presence in this huge, "LOOK AT ME, I'm right here, Buttercup!" way. As you said, he plays a bit of hide and seek. I feel like God purposely doesn't rush in sometimes...not because he's trying to be sneaky or play games with us...but because it's a richer and more meaningful experience when our eyes are slowly opened. Those little nudges and whispers, I think, are sometimes more powerful than big reveal, mountaintop moments. Westley and Buttercup had those moments before she realized it was him...and God gives us those moments.

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  6. You are so right, Melissa! I love your thoughts on this!

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