Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when it comes, it is a tree of life. ~ Proverbs 13:12George Bailey was a man who became heart-sick from his hope of going to college being deferred. Heart-sick to the point of wanting to die. But, how did it manifest?
Frustration, anger, depression.
Sometimes, those may be the only emotions a heart-sick soul can manifest. That dream, vision, or hope may be so long in manifesting that they no longer remember why they are frustrated, angry, or depressed; or they cannot even verbalize their deepest longing.
Can anyone relate to George Bailey?
Frank Capra, who directed It's A Wonderful Life, has said it was the best movie he ever made. Could it be because everyone can relate to George Bailey - including Mr. Capra?
Everyone of us has had dreams and hopes dashed or deferred.
Everyone of us has been overwhelmed with life's circumstances.
I have read that the scene in the bar where George talks to God, Jimmy Stewart was so overcome with emotion that he started to sob and talk to God. Mr. Capra kept the film rolling and captured Jimmy's truest emotions bursting forth. In that moment he wasn't acting - just identifying with George.
At the end of the movie our George's heart is transformed. The heart of stone miraculously turned to a heart of flesh, as only our God does. (Ezekiel 36:26)
It's A Wonderful Life is one of the most endearing films of all times. And we look forward to it each Christmas season. Why do we love George Bailey so? Maybe because there is a little bit of George in all of us.
And it instills in us hope.
21 Days 'till we officinally celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour. But, because there is a little bit of George in all of us, we celebrate Christmas all year through.
Because of Him and Unto Him,