It’s one of those movies that stays with me. I remember when I saw it, with who and where – and that was way back in 2003.
Holes. It’s a movie about a young boy who gets sent away to “camp” to dig holes. There’s a whole story woven through history as the boy meets up with another young man and the two of them undo a decades long curse. I like the music, I like the story. I like the vibe.
In the midst of the camp, the filmmakers flash back to a love story that unfolded on the same land decades earlier. A black man and a white woman fell deeply in love. Every time the woman was in trouble, he came to her rescue. She was a school teacher and her tiny school house needed lots of work. The leaky roof? “I can fix that,” he said tenderly. And does. The broken door? “I can fix that,” he said again. And does. The window sealed shut? “Well, I can fix that,” he said.
And he does.
Then one day the school teacher was crying at her desk. Her heart was heavy and the sorrow bent her shoulders forward. Our hero came and took hold of her hand. He lifted her chin and looked deep into her eyes. “I can fix that,” he said. And tenderly, gently, they kissed.
My hopeless romantic self smiles every time. Every time.
The story doesn’t end well – because of the culture and the time and the horrific racism that existed – but that one segment of their failing in love – his kind eyes, his tender voice, his strong character always willing to help… I can fix that.
It brings me to today and the messes we face in this world. This virus that took two years from our relationships, connections and peace. The battle against racism and the continued heartache of our black brothers and sisters. The political climate filled with animosity and division. The devastation of the war in Ukraine and the families uprooted by evil. And of course our own personal battles and heartaches and pain that sideline us on any given day.
Who can fix it?
Our God is that strong, tender, loving character who can look at that brokenness – the personal hardship and the global chaos – and gently lift our chin. He can draw our eyes to his and wipe the tears from our cheeks. He is the one who reminds us…
“I can fix that.”
“I WILL fix that.”
He will wipe every tear from our eyes. He will right every wrong we face. He will eradicate evil and bring beauty from ashes. Ultimately EVERYTHING will be restored and redeemed. And in the meantime, he reminds us to hold on to the hope…
Hold fast to the good.
Look into the eyes of love that meet ours.
The eyes that remind us the story is not over. The ending has yet to be written. The good guys win and the future is bright. Even with tears on our cheeks, our hope is secure.
Thank you, Jesus.