Life makes no promises
As I was crying my way to the end of the movie The Book Thief, her words resonated in my soul.
“All I have learned is that life makes no promises.
So I better get started.
I have always tried to ignore it, but I know this all started
with a train, and some snow and my brother.
Outside the car the world was thrown into a snow shaker.
Onto a place called Heavens St., a man with an accordion heart
and a woman cloaked in thunder waited for their new daughter.
He lived under our stairs like a quiet owl with no wings until the
sun forgot what his face was…
~Painted on the wall is the word WRITE~
For Max who gave me eyes”
(Exert from the movie~ No rights are mine simply quoting)
This movie has inspired me to write again.
I look at Liesl’s life and the strength in her character. I look at the pain that her tender heart had to endure from such a young age. Loosing her brother, her mother, and so many more in her life during a time in history when everything was tenuous, fear laden and impossible for a child to understand, yet through it all she grew stronger from the pain, heart ache and sadness. She learned the value of standing up for what she believed, how to love even when it is scary and how to understand that nothing is promised in this life, not even life itself.
How easily I have forgotten this and am thankful for this reminder today.
I grew up in a generation that has the mind-set that the world owes them something.
And all the things that we take for granted.
This generation has known war
but never like the World Wars that generations before us have witnessed and seen,
most right at their door steps like young Liesl.
We do know some pain, heart ache and sadness, I will not discount that, however the majority of us do not know anything of a constant fear wondering if our home is going to be bombed, raided or where we are going to get our next meal.
We have grown soft in standing up for whats right, good, moral and just,
because we want to just fit in, not draw attention to ourselves or offend.
I have always been told since a young age that I was rebellious to authority.
I truly don’t think it has ever been my heart to be so.
I have always wanted to have someone to look up to, mentor me and inspire me to be better
when I question things
I am chastised for not conforming to the norm.
I am told to be the “Change I want to see in the world”
yet when I voice something that may be contrary to someone’s belief and stand
I am knocked down
by the bully’s that are trying to control things.
I have let people dictate and push me down for so long, afraid that I would rock the boat
or cause adverse reactions on myself, my family and friends.
I understand Liesl’s fears in wanting to stand up to things but being fearful harm would come to the ones she has grown to love so very much.
I want to be as Liesl, not afraid to walk through the Jews being paraded down the street and passionately look for Max and voice that she will never forget him.
I want to read, grow and better myself just as she did when it was anything but acceptable to do, not to mention illegal.
I want to love someone so much that even though fear may come at the thought of loosing them I do not allow bitterness and a hardness to creep in and steal the ability to love again.
And I want to write just like she did, not fearful of how people will respond but to know that there is a story locked inside that must get out!
For too many years I have let fears control my life in relationships, in everyday events,
in leadership and in my walk with Jesus.
I don’t want to live that way any longer.
I want to live as Liesl and understand that life promises nothing
so I better get started!