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Thursday, July 01, 2010
Rebecca Droeger

Over the last couple of days, my Cable Television has been out of service.  So, in my desperate need to wind down, I thought I’d watch the classic movie “Gone with the Wind.”

The 1939 iconic masterpiece starred Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler.  For those of you not familiar with the movie,  the story took place during the American Civil War and followed the life and experiences of Scarlett O’Hara, a beautiful, self-absorbed, wealthy plantation owner’s daughter who loved a man she could not have.

While the drama centers around Scarlett’s character and her various conquests in the film, it does a remarkable job of portraying emotions of the other characters and the general lives of souls effected by the Civil War in the Confederate South.

Note to self, do not watch serious movies while feeling depressed over the state of affairs of the world.  I boo-hoed most of the way through the movie, and it was before everyone of Scarlett’s loved-ones dropped like flies at the end.

It’s not like I hadn’t seen the movie before; I just never saw it while the US was in its current mess.

The tears started streaming when Scarlett’s love interest, Ashley, was off fighting the war and the characters started talking about the Battle of Gettysburg.  The scene opens with how the entire city of Atlanta was silent for almost three days while waiting for news of the battle.

The city finally received the news, and it was several pages of the lists of fallen soldiers from the Confederate Army.  In a powerful sequence, you see an old woman scream and cry because one of her loved ones was lost in the battle.  You see her stagger up to an old man dressed in uniform and they exchange a silent look between each other.  You see the old man suck in his breath, turn slightly, and start conducting a band.  Then, the camera’s focus widens, and you see a teenaged band member have tears roll down his eyes while he plays the tune to “Whistling Dixie.”

Perhaps I’m just overly emotional right now, but the scene really tore me up.  It could be because I just watched a documentary on America on the History Channel called “America, the Story of Us.”  In the segment, it highlighted the reason the Civil War was so bloody was because old-time war tactics were used with more advanced weaponry; thereby creating countless lives’ lost and many injured veterans.

It also made me very sad to realize the United States had to go to war over the South wanting to succeed from the Union.  I was upset at how many lives were lost; but I was also upset because of how the citizens of the South’s lives were effected during and after the war.

Their money became worthless, the North imposed high taxes on property in the South to finance the country after the war (thus creating carpet baggers), many people starved from the blockades the North imposed, and their whole way of life changed.  While I loath slavery, these people thought it was just part of life.  Their entire fortunes their families built were gone just like the title suggests “gone with the wind.”

What also bothered me was the fact that I can see the same things happening before our eyes today.  Although most of us in the forum can agree in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, most of us also are not naïve in thinking we will have no trials before the Rapture.

The daily news reports the growing labor pains of calamity with each beat.  At every turn, we face financial doom, natural catastrophic events, terrorism, and man-made environmental disasters.  Our whole way of living could come to an end before our very eyes, and if not for the Lord’s comfort, I’d be terrified.

Although a whole bunch of “if’s” are playing into the equation, we all know that it really is not a matter of “if,” but “when.”

At times like this, it is best to spend time with your loved ones, pray together, and read Scriptures.  You may not receive an answer right away as to what to do, but you can be sure your ultimate Salvation will abide in Christ.

Although it is often quoted during times of woe, reread the good shepherd’s prayer by David from Psalms 23:1-4.  Really let it sink in and absorb what your Creator is telling you.

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

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