Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello, My Name is Inigo Montoya...

 Well, we’re getting close to the end, aren’t we? Thank you so much for sticking with the series. I could go on forever with this! But I won’t.

If you want to catch up, you can do it:


Now, let’s watch the clip first. DISCLAIMER: There is a unsavory word involved here. 

A little back story, Inigo Montoya lost his father to the six-fingered man. Murdered. Brutally. The rest of his life he’s sworn revenge on this man who he believes destroyed his life. He’s a master fencer. And of course, because he wants revenge, Vizinni has promised him what he wants most…IF he’ll do something for him: help kidnap and kill the princess.

Things don’t go as planned, though. That’s life, huh? And after Vizinni dies, Inigo is found at “the beginning” sitting in front of his house, drunk, and carrying on because things just haven’t turned out his way. The six-fingered man is lost to him. He has no reason to live.

But he remembers someone who was stronger, smarter, and more skilled than him. A man of honor. Westley. He knows he can't go on without his help. Oh, sure, he thinks he's going to help him with revenge. But Westley, who destroyed the man manipulating Inigo, has something else in mind for him. He sees potential in Inigo.  (He's going to make him ruler over a ship--okay it's piracy but just go with the analogy here.)

Now, in this clip we see him getting his revenge and he does indeed succeed (that rhymed, anybody wanna a peanut!) But it came with a terrible fight. And he could have been killed, he was certainly injured.

“Do not avenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God’s wrath, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.”  Romans 12:19 NET

I understand hurt. I understand pain. I understand unfairness. I’m in no way saying those who have been victimized shouldn’t feel angry or want justice. But I am saying that we have to give that anger and that hope for justice in our case to God. Or we’ll grow bitter, like Inigo.

Nothing escapes God’s eye. Even when it looks like someone is going to get away with their crime on earth, they won’t get away with it after this temporary life. That is guaranteed.
I’m saying that we waste our time on revenge. Inigo had no wife, children or really many friends. The giant. And of course in the end, Westley. But not Vizzini. He was using him for his own purposes.

The same way our enemy tries to use us. He takes our pain and twists us into confusion, distracts us from truth, and fuels our bitterness with his own false truth. LIES. He’s a liar.
But God sees in us something we may not. He sees in us things others may not. We are not used up. We are not worthless. We matter to God. We are valuable.

Oh we may be broken. But God is a FIXER. A MENDER. And He wants to heal us. So we can become the person He already knows us to be.

He is our Defender. Even when it feels like He’s dropped the ball. He hasn’t. Westley himself says to Buttercup, “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently, is selling something.”

Jesus said, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage—I have conquered the world.” John 16:33 NET
We have trouble. People have freewill and with that comes their choices to hurt. To abuse. 
To murder. To steal.

But we also have the freedom to choose differently. To choose hope. Life abundant. To get better. To be healed. To move past the pain. To move into a purpose and destiny that will glorify God and help others who may have been hurt in the same way.

 “There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!” Romans 5:3 MSG

Oh what we miss out on, when we focus on the pain and revenge. When we carry grudges and unforgiveness.

I don’t know about you, but I want God’s best. I don’t want to miss out on all the good. I already know there’s a lot of bad.


Join me next Monday for I Wonder If He is Using the Same Wind
What are you focusing on?

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6 comments:

  1. God IS a fixer, and I love, love, LOVE that about him!!

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    1. Me too! There's just so much packed into this movie!

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  2. LOL. I was just going to post the same things as Melissa:) SO much of this post spoke to me, Jess. LOVE:)

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    1. hahaha! Great minds and all. :) Thanks, Susan!

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  3. I'm on a healing journey, and know God is a 'fixer', and my redeemer! I pray daily to keep my heart full of love and compassion so I don't fall into the enemy traps of depression and bitterness. Thanks for your words!

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    1. Lynn, I'm praying for you right now! Complete and total healing, a continual soft heart, and peace that passes all understanding. Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a comment.

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