Gonna have to hurry this morning...not much time.
We watched "Two Weeks Notice" last night (Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock). I was actually kind of surprised at how good this movie was. Romantic comedies seem to all be the same (ala You've Got Mail and Sleeping in Seattle), but this one had quite a few moments where I was really laughing out loud. Bullock was actually playing someone kind of, well, feminine. Not so tough, you know, although she is an activist of sorts. Begins with her and her best friends getting arrested for laying on the ground in front of a building wrecker. She has grown up with parents who protest everything and think they are all going to make the world a better place. People like that are so naive, aren't they? Anyway, she winds up working for the man that she detest the most. Then, of course, she wants to quit, and then, well, stop reading if you haven't seen it and plan to...
But it's so predictable...of course, they fall in love with each other. There is one aspect of the ending that is good. There was very little language in this movie, and no sex at all (although there is a slight bit of sexual humor at one point when Bullock bends over to pick somthing up and gets her hair stuck in Grant's belt-buckle and, guess what! Someone walks in on them! Who didn't see that coming? Anyway, it was a pretty good movie, and I would give it 7 out of 10, and maybe almost 8. Good for most of the family, I think. Smaller children would be bored and wouldn't hang around to watch it, anyway. Probably good for most teenage girls. Teenage boys would hate it. No explosions.
On to Bible readings...I am always amazed at the part in Genesis where Jacob works for seven years to marry Rachel, and Laban pulls the old swap on him and gives him Leah instead. Now, here is what it says: "But in the evening he [Laban] took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he [Jacob] went in to her. And in the morning, behold, it was Leah!" Now...HOW COULD HE NOT KNOW??? I mean, how could you spend the whole night with a woman, consummate the marriage, and not know that it wasn't the one you were supposed to be with? I mean, did the girl not talk all night, or something? Wow. What a story. But, as I said in a previous entry, Jacob the deceiver had met his match in Laban.
From this point on, a contest ensues between Rachel and Leah. This is sibling rivalry at its best! They even get their handmaids involved (what a culture!) So before you know it, Jacob and his two wives and their handmaids have given birth to 12 sons (oh, yeah, there was a daughter in there somewhere--she is mentioned maybe once). These 12 sons become the 12 tribes of Israel. Now, I have heard teachers try to say that this was Jacob's punishment for being so devious with his own brother (all of this "woman trouble"), but I don't agree. First of all, if God were punishing Jacob, I think He would tell him. Secondly, once again, this is just God's people "working the plan." Or, rather, it is God working the plan. The people are just kind of pawns in the plan. I know. A lot of you just despise that whole idea. But, bottom line, that is the truth. We do have a lot of choices to make in our lives. We are not "robots." But God's plan IS going to work. It is going to happen. With or without you. And He will make sure of it. And that is what is happening here.
Eventually, Jacob gets back at Laban by using some kind of natural "witchery" to get the flocks to breed a certain way so that he gets the best of the cattle and sheep and goats. This whole scenario is really quite funny.
A quick summary of My Utmost for His Highest...this is actully for May 2. "...patience conveys the idea of an immensely strong rock withstanding all onslaughts. The vision of God is the source of patience, because it imparts a moral inspiration. A man with the vision of God is not devoted to a cause or to any particular issue; he is devoted to God Himself." That's how I need to be. Father, give me a vision of You, and let me be devoted singularly to You, not to anything else.