I am sure the one of the first things people often say about the movie is how genuine, real, and just how awesome George Bailey is, and…..it is true. He has outstanding character qualities that many men can relate to, but have you ever paid attention to the character of Mary?
Do you remember the way Mary paid respect to George in their kinda backwards courting attempts? Even as a child she softly whispers in his ear her affections, knowing he couldn’t hear her. Or how about the way her face simply radiated and her smile reached from ear to ear each time she was in his presence.
I love the scene where she is home from college and seeing George for the first time in a long while. She wasn’t blatant or too forward, she gently put on a remembered song and purposefully placed the memorable moon drawing in sight.
I am reminded of 1 Peter 3:3-6 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel, rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.
What would you want to do on your honeymoon? Go off together for the most amazing first night completely embodying the moment, or give all your money away realizing you now have no place to go and no money to do anything. Not to mention the security of your husband’s providing is in the balance…to say the least. Mind you, without resentment or fear just a willing heart.
Then, what does she do? With ingenuity, creativity, and a true spirit she completely comes up with a cost-free honey moon to surprise her new husband
Don’t miss the shear beauty of the ending of the movie. George was angry and throwing his fit at his family and each and every move by Mary is with restrain, dignity, and RESPECT towards her husband. She didn’t yell back at him when he left nor did she storm and shout good riddance? Immediately she seeks out a way to help him and remain by his side. Look….I mean SEE what she does. Can you imagine her heart when she learns from Georges uncle what the real issue was? Again….how does she respond? She pursues any way she can to HELP her husband, she is without anger, only solution towards the betterment of their US.
I am simply in awe…..I have so much to learn from Mary. I have NOT responded to life like Mary, but it is time to learn.Through tenacious seeking and insurmountable prayer, He CAN transform me into a 1 Peter 3 girl.
I finally reached the point where I understood that it takes a daily surrendering at His feet to make it in this life. Yet…..I have this tendency to come to Him in complete surrender with a pure heart and then it doesn’t take me long to stand up grab back the reigns and go MY WAY! If I am to ever attain this life…..this exceedingly extraordinary life in Christ then I cannot simply surrender in the morning. I HAVE TO LIVE AT THE FEET OF JESUS…NOT simply surrendering, living life out at His feet!
Can I do it? Can you or are you? Due share! What beauty can bring from a gently, quiet spirit, with unshakable faith in Christ. Now that…..is an exceedingly extraordinary woman of Christ.