You can’t really tell from this picture, but this is the best capture I got of two boys who’d vowed to read The Invention of Hugo Cabret together and then bribe their mothers into taking them to the movie. Which wasn’t hard since their mothers love being together and love movies and love their sons. So we all read the book, devoured it really. And now the movie. Oh my, the movie. It’s delightful. Seriously delightful. And this quote from the movie and the book, both, caught my heart…
“It’s so beautiful,” said Isabelle. “It looks like the whole city is made out of stars.”
“Sometimes I come up here at night, even when I’m not fixing the clocks, just to look at the city. I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.”
And while I don’t always try to find spiritual truth in everything, ok, I always try to find spiritual truth in everything, but give me a break. As far as hobbies go, truth seeking is pretty safe. And this one caught my eye. This idea that the world is one huge machine with no spare parts, just exactly what it needs to work and thrive. Which means that you are supposed to be here. Me too. And that we have work that needs must be worked at. Divine work. Raising our families and making Jesus look good and other things. No spare parts. No mistakes. Just divine work that, if neglected, hurts the whole, can cause the machine to seize up. Break down. So this has me wondering about my work and about yours and it has me challenging myself to live as if I am a cog in the machine instead of a team of one. And I’m challenging you to do the same. And to read the book and watch the movie and be entranced by both and the warmth of a small body next to you thinking he’s on a date and devouring the gummy bears you’ve smuggled in in your purse.
This is me being real. Thankful that God is a God of no mistakes and no spare parts and a God who creates with purpose and craft. Thankful.