The movie “Groundhog Day” is one of my favorites. I can’t remember how many times I’ve seen it. It is intriguing and funny. It has action, romance, and ends well – all key ingredients for me. The idea of “Love-Deja Vu” is fascinating. The notion that Bill Murray’s character can’t manipulate or fake love is at the heart of the plot line. He doesn’t get to move on to the next day until he truly loves Andie McDowell’s character.
I wish it were so for us, at least for me – that I have to get it right before I can move on. Maybe the secret for me is whether I MAKE it right so I can move on. Too often I let things slide, go unsaid, get through the day and carry the same baggage to the next because I haven’t resolved the junk from one day to the next.
I think the Bible has something to say about each day having enough trouble of it’s own, and not letting the sun go down on your anger. Both of which seem to say to me to live in the present, get it right, and tomorrow will take care of itself.
There is more pondering to be done about tomorrow’s real Groundhog Day and the movie, but I think the message to me is that love doesn’t give up until it is sheer love, not manipulation or masquerade. We are blessed, not doomed, to repeat each day so that in the end we become who we can be, not for ourselves, but for someone else.
So here I am again receiving God’s great gift of grace – another chance. I’m better than okay with that!