“You know, sometimes love isn’t fireworks. Sometimes, love just comes softly” ~Sarah Graham to Marty Claridge in “Love Comes Softly”
So I watch the Hallmark channel occasionally.
Hubby just shakes his head at me, cause I’ll be all teary-eyed watching some Hallmark movie.
The other day, I happened to catch a bit of a movie called “Love Comes Softly”–which I have seen before. It stars Katherine Heigl, of Grey’s Anatomy fame,
as Marty, and Dale Midkiff as Clark. It could be described as a chick flick meets Little House on the Prairie. Hardship and love on the frontier. It’s what I call a “feel good” movie–with some great lessons along the way. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Christian fiction author Janette Oke. It is the first book in a series of 8–none of which I’ve read, but that’s beside the point.
As I said, I’ve seen this movie before, but somehow I had missed this exchange between Marty (heroine) and Clark (love interest). Clark’s first wife died, his barn has burned to the ground and yet, he remains strong in his faith and hopeful about the future of his farm. Marty can’t understand why…why would Clark pray to a God who allows bad things to happen? I loved Clark’s answer.
He talks about his daughter Missy, and how they may be walking along together, even holding hands, and she might fall. Even when he’s holding on to her. He didn’t cause the fall–he didn’t want her to fall. But he is there for her. As her daddy who loves her, he helps her back up and loves her. It’s the same way with God.
Clark tells Marty, “The truth of God’s love is not that he allows bad things to happen. It’s his promise that he’ll be here with us when we do.”
I’ll go with that.