Monday, December 29, 2008

The Sound of Music

In 1965, when I was just seven years old, my mother took me and my sisters to the drive-in to see The Sound of Music. I reckon it has been a favorite of mine ever since.

In the scene where Maria returns to the convent because she is afraid to face up to her feelings toward Mr. Von Trapp ~ she is asked to meet Mother Abbess in her office. She encourages Maria that she cannot run from her troubles. She says, "Maria, these walls were not meant to shut out problems. You have to face them. You have to live the life you were born to live." She then begins quoting Psalm 121 in part. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; he that keepeth thee will not slumber (verses 1-3).

You’ll have to admit that that is pretty profound "stuff" coming out of Hollywood. Of course it was way back in 1965 ~ over 40 years ago ~ but the movie is still quite popular today ~ which means those profound quotes are continuing to reach homes across the world.

I liked what Mother Abbess said about facing problems and just as importantly about living the life that you were born to live. And I like what God said (inspiring David to write) about how our help comes from Him ~ how He will not let us slip ~ and He isn’t going to go to sleep on the job either.

That small scene in the Abby that day is powerful. So much is said in those few lines of the script. May we keep in mind that we are born to live the life that God has called us to live ~ that our God is our help and fortress ~ and that our God never sleeps ~ He is there for us 24/7.

8 Thoughts On The Matter:

Lora said...


Your post made me think of Much Afraid from Hinds Feet on High Places. Fear can keep us from so much. I had not thought about this scene for quite some time and agree, that is "profound stuff coming out of Hollywood" at the time. How wonderful it is to think that His Word does not return void.

I love the sunrise picture you have at the end of your blog.

Humble wife said...

I watched the movie last night...
You are so correct, God is there for us 24/7- how great is that???

I must confess that I replayed my favorite song in the movie 3 times(Edelweiss)-

My other Holl(ow)ood movie is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers...this movie also touches on the the industry no longer even pretends.

Have a wonderful week

Cindy said...

Amen! It is a great comfort to know that God never sleeps. Nothing can touch us unless He allows it.

susansspace said...

Nice post! Not only is God not going to 'go to sleep on the job', as you said, but He doesn't even get tired! (Is. 40:28).
Hope you had a lovely Christmas!
S: )

Susan B said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, and your kind words. I have truly enjoyed looking around your blog...I love your writing. Your blog is very lovely.

I love The Sound of Music. I was only able to see part of it last night on tv, we left before the part you mentioned came on. We have the dvd, I will have to find it and watch that part again. I am so thankful that we have a God that is always there to help whenever we need Him.

God bless. I look forward to coming back and visit.

Marsha said...

Now I'm going to have to pull this movie out and watch it! I haven't watched it in several years.

Wonderful application. Thank you for sharing this.

Have a blessed evening.

~~Deby said...

oh this is on my list of top favorite movies..when we lived in Italy we went to Austria 2 times and took the Sound of Music tour...BLISS....even went in the church where the wedding was fact, the 2nd time there was a wedding going on and they still let us come in to observe.....
What a great line to excerpt......
I also love Fiddler on the Roof, and The Hiding Place...

Sue said...

I was further behind than I realized! This is one of my husband's favorite movies. What a fun memory you have that you saw it at a drive in. I miss those. Do you still have one in your town?

That is a good thing to remember, to live the life God has for you. Walking in faith is a good thing.