Tonight my husband and I watched Snow White and the Huntsman. I’d heard good things about it and since we wanted to watch a Halloween “appropriate” movie, that’s the one I picked. (It was either that or Mirror, Mirror which is a lighter “take” on Snow White, but I felt like I wanted to watch a darker movie in honor of the Halloween season).
I wasn’t sure what to expect other than my husband had watched it and said he liked it. I found myself taken in by this movie; I wasn’t sure exactly why but I loved watching it; all of it, even the harder parts to watch like the Queen ripping a heart out of a bird and eating it (that kind of thing usually has me turning my head or closing my eyes) or a young girl having the life sucked out of her by the Queen (yes, she was EVIL).
At one point, Snow White had escaped the castle and was running for her life. She found herself in the Dark Forrest which was terrifying. I guess the thought of having the Queen take your heart would make a person less fearful of the unknown. As I watched Snow White continue to run, sometimes by herself and sometimes with the help of others, I thought of how the running through the fear, parallels life.
We have the choice: we can move through hard times and fearful times and discouraging times or we can stop. Stop where we are; we know where that is - it’s familiar or it’s at least what we know at the moment. But as we stop moving we become stagnant; we quit growing. We want to move toward the light, but we have to go through the darkness and unfamiliar territory to find it - sometimes.
To go through the darkness and to cover unfamiliar territory takes courage and faith. In my case, my faith is in my Savior, Jesus Christ. If I remember He is there then why should I fear? The alternative is to be stagnant and to die; not a physical death in my case (Snow White could have physically died when she stopped); however, I could die spiritually (if only for the time that I stopped) and socially (cut off from those I love).
I think the thing I was most impressed while watching Snow White continue to run in places that she’d never been, was that she was just moving one foot in front of the other. Isn’t that what we have to do daily? Just move one foot in front of the other in a forward motion?