DayBreaks for 07/29/19: Just Try to Imagine It
From the DayBreaks archives, July 2009:
A 2009 movie, New in Town, tells the story of Lucy Hill (Renee Zellweger), a high-powered consultant who loves her Miami lifestyle, who is sent to New Ulm, Minnesota, to oversee a restructuring at a blue-collar manufacturing facility. Eventually, she’s ordered to shut down the plant, putting the entire community out of work. At that point, Lucy is forced to reconsider her goals and priorities. When she arrived in New Ulm, a small, freezing city with one red light and a population of 13,595—a city where people “drag Jesus into regular conversation”—Lucy is met by her new executive assistant, Blanche Gunderson (Siobhan Fallon, who is a real-life Christian). In this scene Blanche asks Lucy one personal question after another, culminating in a question concerning Jesus.
“Are you a scrapper?” Blanche asks. When Lucy is confused, Blanche clarified: “Do you keep a scrapbook?”
It is soon clear that Blanche is quite the scrap booker. She actually has a “mini” scrapbook in her purse, filled with pictures of Winston Churchill—her now-dead dog who was a “bit of a drooler.”
“Are you married?” Blanche asks. “Do you have children?”
“No,” Lucy answers, though visibly uncomfortable because of Blanche’s line of questioning.
“Not to worry,” Blanche insists. “You’re still young. You still have time—I suppose.” After a brief pause, Blanche continues: “Do you mind if I ask you a personal question?”
Lucy, eyes bulging, replies, “Isn’t that what you’ve been doing?”
Unfazed, Blanche tenderly asks, “Have you found Jesus?”
“Well, I didn’t know he was missing,” Lucy replies with a laugh.
Blanche drops her head. Noticing she has hurt Blanche with her response, Lucy says, “It was just a joke.”
“Normally we don’t joke about Jesus around here,” Blanche replies. “But I can see how you could think that was sort of funny.” Then, with a look of concern, Blanche ponders out loud, “Imagine Jesus gone missing. Imagine.” – New in Town (Lionsgate Pictures, 2009)
Have you ever tried to imagine if Jesus had gone AWOL? If, on the way from heaven to earth he’d decided to take a detour to somewhere else in order to avoid his mission? Or, if on his way to Jerusalem for that last fateful visit, he’d headed north and disappeared into Gaul instead? Or, if his body had gone missing and there were no after-death appearances to prove the resurrection? Not a pretty picture, is it?
Has Jesus gone missing from your life and conversation with co-workers, family, friends, neighbors? If so, bring him back today!
PRAYER: What a wonderful Savior You are, Jesus! Thank You for being part of our lives. May we invite You into every relationship and conversation we have! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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