So, I watched The Last Samurai.   

Yes, the 2003 film with Tom Cruise.

I protested this movie for years.  In truth I simply scroll past the movie on all streaming services.  All the same, my loving boyfriend convinced me to watch it and I was not disappointed.

The Plot

For those who are unfamiliar, this is the basic synopsis of the film:

Former Army Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) of the American Indian War is drawn into a battle on the other side of the world.  He travels to Japan in order to train the Imperial Japanese Army in a fight against the infamous Samurai warriors.

*SPOILERS*

Of course as movies go, Tom Cruise is captured by Samurai in battle.  Despite being considered as their enemy, the Samurai treat Algren with nothing but respect. They clothe and feed him as well as nurse him back to health.

WHERE AM I GOING witH THIS?

Not surprisingly, like most of my devotionals, there was one distinct line between Katsumoto, the leader of the Samurai warriors and Captain Algren that stood out among the rest. There was one distinct moment that led me to think of something bigger.  That line goes as follows:

Katsumoto: The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.

Relating It Back

To be frank, I search for verses in the Bible that can relate to what I am thinking.  Relating these devotionals to scripture is of high importance to me.  The Bible and its words should always be apart of our growth.  So much wisdom can be gained from reading it.

“My lover is to me a cluster of henna blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi” – Song of Songs 1:14

Now, I’m thankful to possess a Bible that provides some in-depth analysis.  For this particular section, it gives me the following background information: En Gedi was a beautiful and bountiful place.  The area that surrounded it, however, was a desert. Therefore, the blossoms existence is even more beautiful and rare because of the effort it takes to grow in this climate.  In addition, this verse is dedicated to a significant other.  In fact, it is even listed under a subheading titled, ‘beloved’.   With all of this in mind, the imagery is more powerful.

My Final Thoughts

To be honest, I’ve thought this movie line and Bible verse over several times today. It immediately brings me to think about my relationship with Christ.  I struggle day in and day out in my relationship with Him.  Some days it’s good.  Some days I could be a lot better than what I am but I still strive.  I work toward a stronger relationship with the Lord.  In other words, I am searching for the perfect blossom.

By no means am I saying that my relationship with him is perfect.  I don’t believe it ever will be.

But..

What is God other than love?  Our love?  How appropriate to compare His love to a beautiful blossom surrounded by desert because I often feel like I go through one before reaching a more solid, fruitful place.

What I do know is that I will continue seeking a perfect relationship with God.  I’m going to spend my entire life toward this and it will never be a wasted one.

 

 

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