The Princess Bride. What a fantastic movie. A classic, based on William Goldman’s novel by the same name. There are as many favorite lines and scenes in that movie, as there are people you could ask to name one.
Westley’s “As you wish.” Vizzini’s “Inconceivable.” Inigo Montoya’s “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Miracle Max’s line about a paper cut and lemon juice. Fezzik’s rhyming, or “I don’t think that means what you think it means.”
As easy as it is to rattle off a line from The Princess Bride, or some other pop culture media, I wonder … do we recite Bible verses as readily?
For God so loved the world … There is now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus … Greater is HE who is in us, than he who is in the world …
In The Princess Bride, there are the Cliffs of Insanity. The Fire Swamp with its
R.O.U.S. — Rodents of Unusual Size. And the Pit of Despair. There is also the Castle.
Many of us, no doubt, have felt, at one time or another, we were teetering on the cliffs of insanity, stranded in the fire swamp facing R.O.U.S., or trapped at the bottom of the pit of despair.
While in those dreadful places, we need to hang onto the truth. Jesus is preparing a place for us. A castle in the sky, where there will be no more pain. No more tears. No more sorrow. No more pits. And definitely, no R.O.U.S.
Beyond the love Westley and Buttercup have for each other in The Princess Bride, there is also the love that developed between a grandson for his grandfather.
At the heart of our story, is the love our Savior Jesus has for his bride, the church. There is also the love our Heavenly Father has for us, his children.
Perhaps we have a Dread Pirate Roberts in our lives who tells us, “Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.” That’s when it would be wise to remember David. The shepherd who became king. More than once, King Saul probably said “Good job”, before he hurled a spear at David’s head, or chased him around the countryside. As God was with David, he is also with us. Protecting us from our Dread Pirate Roberts.
Westley promised Buttercup he would return for her. And he did. Jesus promised he would return for us. And he will.
Facing the cliffs of insanity, fire swamp, R.O.U. S., or pit of despair ? Hang on. Don’t give up. Hold tight to the promise Christ will return. It isn’t a storybook story. It’s the truth.
“Have fun storming the castle!”
So, what’s your favorite line from The Princess Bride?
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Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house; I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:1-4
I wish you well.
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