Only The Good Notes
With Christmas just two weeks away, we’ve been watching Christmas movies religiously. They are campy, nostalgic and get everyone in the festive spirit! Aside from the classics such as “Home Alone,” and “The Santa Clause,” I love watching the rom-com “The Holiday.”
The premise of the movie is two women, an American named Amanda [played by Cameron Diaz] and a British woman named Iris [Kate Winslet], both find themselves freshly single after breaking free from toxic romantic relationships. Amanda reaches out to Iris who occasionally rents outs her Surrey cottage on an AirBNB type site and inquires if she can do so over the holidays. Her hope is a change of scenery will help her move on. Iris who is very much in the same boat suggests they swap houses for a couple weeks which lays the groundwork for them both to find new love and happiness.
My favourite scene in the entire film takes place in sunny LA between Iris and Miles [Jack Black] who is a musical composer. Iris and Miles have grown close after their “meet cute” and the two join forces to help their mutual friend Arthur, a retired, renown Hollywood script writer receive a lifetime achievement award. Miles writes a cheeky melody for Arthur and then proceeds to play a gorgeous melody for Iris [in real life composed by none other than the maestro Hans Zimmer].
I’m not sure why, but that line “I used only the good notes,” melts me every time. This season as per tradition, I watched it again, saw that scene and it resonated with me deeper than it ever has. Beyond the romantic connotations, I was reminded of God’s unconditonal love.
I am so aware of my failings and shortcomings and sometimes I deep down doubt or question if God can still love me. Yet this line reminded me of this verse tucked away in the minor prophets:
Our God saves. Delights. Loves us. Sings over us. He knows our weaknesses better than anyone, yet in His perfect love and endless grace, loves us.
And when He created us, He used only the good notes.
*Pictured is a painting by my four-year old son