Before we got married, my wife, Tiffany, and I decided that Friday Night was going to be date night. No exceptions. FriDate Night.
We're not an incredibly complicated couple, so more often than not our date night ends up as us going out to dinner and then checking out the latest flick.
Maybe it's because we're not an incredibly creative couple? Or maybe it's because I'm a strict creature of habit and my wife hasn't told me that I need to come up with something different yet.
For this most recent FriDate night I grilled us up burgers while she fried up some sweet potato fries, and then after a quick clean up we headed over to the local theater to catch the highly anticipated "Finding Dory." We both unashamedly love a good "kids movie."
From here on out there will be major spoilers. If you have not seen the movie, I don't recommend reading any further!
This is your last chance.
Seriously! You can't get mad at me now.
What an absolutely beautiful movie. Pixar has worked it's magic once again. I don't know what's in the water at their studio, but I wish I could have some of it.
There are very few movies that produce a sequel worthy of the original. It has been a very long time since I've seen "Finding Nemo." Matter of fact, I don't even know if I've seen it as an adult to be able to appreciate the "advanced" jokes. With that said, "Finding Dory" is better than "Finding Nemo." It is one of Pixar's best movies, even though I'm not even going to try to create a definitive order of "1 through 10".
As a little girl, Dory had loving parents. They worked tirelessly to help with her short-term memory loss. They even devised a strategy to help her find her way home; they laid out seashells in a row that eventually would lead home,.
She, obviously, lost them while she was still a little girl. Her parents followed her down the pipe that she'd been swept away in, but she was nowhere to be found. The viewers then follow Dory as she goes through all sorts of adventures to find her parents.
All the while, her parents stayed in the same place. What were they doing? Laying out seashells, providing path's for their beloved daughter to hopefully find again one day.
Beautiful. Words cannot convey how perfect this scene was.
It was foreshadowed perfectly to a fantastic "ah-hah!" moment. That quickly turns into an "ahhhwwwaaa" moment. There wasn't a dry eye in the theater, mine included. It honestly stands out as one of my favorite movie scenes of all time.
Now I've had a couple days to reflect on it and I might even be going back to see it again tonight. I simply cannot wait to watch the joy that Dory had when she finally found her way back home.
I tend to find Biblical analogies in movies whether they were intended or not. It's just the way I'm wired, but I can't help but draw some comparisons to my own walk with the Lord and Dory's journey.
I'm constantly forgetting what I'm looking for. This world can be so distracting; family, work, friends. Then I remember! I find joy in the Lord.
Then I forget again.
All the while, the Lord is there in the same place. Constant. Never changing. Reminding me that he is there, one seashell at a time. Providing a way for me to come back Home. A home where I'll never falter again.
It's not a perfect parable, but it's been a beautiful thing to reflect on.
Go see Finding Dory.
Always be looking for the seashells that lead you Home.