YES. I WATCHED TWILIGHT. DON’T JUDGE ME. (Even as silly and gruesome as this fantasy world may be, I am a sucker for any love story.) The crazy part is not the fact that vampires and werewolves are depicted as normal everyday teenagers, but how one of the subplots spoke deeply to my
Jacob, a good werewolf/human, is forced to “imprint” on a newborn human/vampire baby, Renesmee, in order to save her life. (I have just lost some of you. For those of you who haven’t seen these movies, try to hear me out to the end. I promise I have a point beyond the surface vampire story.)
Wikepedia defines Imprinting as: the term used in psychology and ethology to describe any kind of phase-sensitive learning (learning occurring at a particular age or a particular life stage) that is rapid and apparently independent of the consequences of behavior.
How did the imprinting effect Jacob and Renesmee?
- Jacob made it clear that he would never leave Renesmee’s side. Leaving was not an option. He was bound to her for life.
- As Renesmee grew older – no matter how unkind she was to Jacob, no matter how her personality and interests transformed, no matter how many times she messed up, no matter how her actions let him down – he was unwavering in his dedication and love.
- Jacob spoke of the hopeful plans he had in store for him and Renesmee’s distant future.
- A brief look into the future depicts how
years of Jacob’s unconditional, sacrificial love finally won over Renesmee’s heart.
After watching the movie, a spiritual analogy began brewing in my soul. My Father God was the character Jacob. I was Renesmee. My Father God “imprinted”on me from birth.
What God’s “imprinting” means for me:
- He chose to form a bond with me by creating me in His very image.
- He would die in unconditional love for me.
- His nature would not allow Him to turn His back on me or give up on me no matter how many times I rejected and sinned against Him.
- The one time occurrence of Jesus’ death and resurrection changed my life forever. As a believer in Jesus, there is no condemnation for my sin. (Ro 8:1) Only continual forgiveness, grace and love (1 Jo 1:9).
- He has a purpose for me as we live in close relationship.
Our Father says to us, His daughters:
Not for a moment, will I ever leave you or stop loving you. I am bound to you. No matter how much you reject me, sin against me, disobey me, I am constant. Please receive my love and forgiveness without condemnation
or shame. Please come to me in your weariness, fear, joy, and pain. I am here. Waiting.
Ro 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Is there something you have done or someone has done to you that causes you to doubt God’s love? Do you feel sometimes as if you are unworthy of His forgiveness? Will you be reminded and receive the truth of God’s unconditional love for you today?
© 2012 Standing on Peace