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Gone With The Wind

For want of a free interesting movie on TV, I paid a few dollars to watch the 1939 epic film "Gone With The Wind." The movie took more than three hours to watch, but it was worth it.

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and reconstruction in the South, the movie revolves around the pursuits of the daughter of a plantation owner, Scarlett O'Hara, who herself wooed a man who did not love her and married someone else. However, she did not give up even after she married another available man for the wrong reason. Finally, she accepted the proposal of a wealthy Army officer Rhett Butler, who truly loved her. After many happy years with a daughter who eventually died, the relationship soured.

In the end, Butler perceives, mistakenly, that his wife has not forgotten her first love, and decides to leave her. Despite O'Hara's protestations of her love for him, Butler was unmoved and he delivers the now famous rejection statement: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!" and walks away.

O'Hara, stunned but still undaunted to win back the man she has learned to love, looks out the door and says, "I will think about it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I'll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day."

That is a very unusual ending for a romance story. It leaves one hanging in the air and makes one wonder if there will be a sequel to it.

"Gone With The Wind" is obviously a very apt title for the story. On the spiritual plane, the title can also be taken as a warning of what could happen to our life if we chase after wrong idols and fail to appreciate the opportunities given to us by the grace of God. If that happens we could end up with nothing . . . with everything "gone with the wind."

On the other hand, we could be like Scarlett O'Hara who, realizing her mistake, does not lose hope but is determined to win back the lover she has learned to finally love. She thinks this is a possibility, even with a man whose heart has hardened. For us, God is not like Rhett Butler who rejects one who loves Him, because He loved us first. Although God invites but does not impose Himself on us against our will, He always forgives and welcomes us with open arms when we go back to Him.

For us in our life, it does not have to end with everything going with the wind.

It should not. It must not.#


"If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself." 2 Timothy 2:13

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