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Saturday, September 10, 2011

We got Annie...

I love the movie Annie. I could watch it over and over again. Who doesn't? the cute freckle faced, curly red haired orphan girl who rose from obscurity to a place of wealth, light and love. One day Annie was just another orphan singing 'its a hard knock life' and the next she's an heir to a fortune. I got something more out of Annie as an adult.

She's in an orphanage but she knows she doesn't belong there, because she believes there's someone out there for her(her parents) coming back to rescue her, but that doesn't stop her from living like the other orphans in drab clothes and eating boring meals and sucking up to Miss Hannigan.
She tries escaping through the laundry mans van which doesn't turn out well as she's led by the ear back to the home...
And then the great unexpected happens... you see she's always expected a rescue, but even this exceeded what her dreams had painted, saved by the beautiful Miss Grace.... and brought into a world of wealth and love like she's never known before. She's moving in with the richest man in America, Miss Hannigan:"The Oliver Warbucks? Oliver Warbucks, the millionaire?" Miss Grace: "Oh no. Oliver Warbucks, the billionaire....
A mansion filled with servants, all at her beck and call, she isn't to lift a finger, there's someone to pick up all her toys...all her needs will be met. She's also got the Warbucks' bodyguards Punjab and Asp for protection least anyone lays a finger on her. She has a free pass to the president of the country. She's in a secure world within a world of insecurity and the great depression...

But Annie is still sort of hung in the past, her past expectations of what true joy should be, which isn't real... thus when shes given the chance to have all this forever she hesitates, she wants what she feels is out there for her(her late parents)... and so the evil ones come out to play in the form of Rooster and Lily St. Regis.... Fast forward, badt guys aka Punjab and Asp and co are on to the rescue, a battle she partakes in too, to save herself. She's brought back to the mansion and she realizes shes got the best thing she could ever hope for in Daddy Warbucks, and she's singing "together at last, together forever....."

And i know you've seen the movie, don't get bored with my sketchy details, stay with me, i'm going somewhere with this...

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:5
 
Like it or not, we're just like the little orphan girls in the cold cold world we choose to live in outside Christ, a world ravished by the great depression and little hope. There's no joy in it, we live within the facade Miss Hannigan(devil) has built to make people believe it's a joyful place within this home, singing "it's a hard knock life for us... No one cares for you a smidge, When you're in an orphanage!..."
Some of us realize this and try to escape from the craziness of the world in our own wisdom by getting into Mr bundles laundry basket.

Unfortunately we're not strong enough and the devil gets us back to his home even before we get past the first hour in church, in no time we're back to our old selves. You can't change on your own, and that's why we've got to be thankful for sweet beautiful Grace who comes to the orphanage to pick us(the holy spirit). There's a tussle between Miss Hannigan and Grace, but we're finally broken out, especially when we're determined and restless like Annie.
tussle between the Devil Miss Hannigan and the Holy Spirit Grace for you ;)
Adopted into the kingdom of God, God who's wealthier than daddy Warburks. This new life rocks... the angels are singing, there's dancing and celebration at your arrival, the song "...we've got Annie' resounds in the heavenly mansion. "I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."Luke 15:7

You have Punjab and Aps to protect you 24/7 "For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone." Psalm 91:11-12(nkjv)
You have Miss Grace(the holy spirit) directing you and helping you settle and move along smoothly in your new life, "...he will guide you into all truth..."John 16:13...
Life is a blast. But you're still sort of caught up in a false hope of something out there in the world for you, something you feel you're missing out on, and if you don't "Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life."Proverbs 4:23, Rooster and Lily will come in with ease, dressed in what you kinda lust for in the world, telling you they are what you've hoped for and dreamed of for so long. Their perfect plan to take you out of your bliss of a "...rich and satisfying life", just because you let them get you by letting your guard down "...The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy."John 10:10


Some are not so lucky like Annie, Rooster really does take them away and they never get a second chance. But some fight Rooster off when they realize the lies and deceit they've been tangled in, and they come back to the mansion... stronger in faith and singing songs like 'The sun will come out, Tomorrow Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, There'll be sun!' for they've grown in wisdom and know that "Now faith is the assurance that what we hope for will come about and the certainty that what we cannot see exists" Hebrews 11:1
And you'll hold hands with your father singing "Together at last!  Together for ever! We're tying a knot, They never can sever!... i don't need anything but you"
Through your coming to the kingdom you make a way to bring other orphans into this house of joy and you live happily ever after... like Annie did for the rest of Miss Hannigans girls. The poor orphan girl is now an heir to a great empire. Who would have thunk? With Righteousness, Peace and Joy available to her all the days of her life.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then theirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. Romans 8:14-17
Miss Hannigans words rings true in my ears "Why any kid would want to be an orphan is beyond me." Choose to be adopted today.  My adoption paper has been signed and I'm having a blast.
oh, what Joy ever after with Daddy Warbucks :)
Photo credit:/www.thefancarpet.com                                

3 comments:

  1. wow... refreshing perspective on 'Annie'

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  2. you honestly make me want to be a better person! *sigh* ..i've never even watched the movie lol

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  3. Will see Annie in next two or three days. what you describe will must be a good movie.

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