The movies and stories of the holiday season can fill your time with joy and peace, especially when it seems like the world is caving around you. One of those special stories is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This is a lovely story of redemption that seems especially appropriate for the time of the Redeemer’s birth.
George Bailey, reluctant permanent resident of Bedford Falls, has to face the reality of his situation in life and he believes that the world would be far better off without him. What he doesn’t realize is that without him, Bedford Falls wouldn’t be what it is today. His contribution doesn’t seem important to him, but had he not been born, those lives around him wouldn’t be the same either. What we often fail to see is that everyone in George’s life is praying for him too. When all seems lost, George decides to take his own life.
Within the same story is the subplot of Angel Clarence, who is still trying to earn his wings after many years. Much like George, He doesn’t think he ever will amount to anything. As the story progresses, we see both of them see the salvation that’s waiting for them.
If you’ve seen this movie – and I doubt there is anyone over 20 who hasn’t seen it – you know that the story ends well. Life isn’t always like that. Things don’t always turn out as we planned, but the plan that God has mapped out for us is always good and we can count on that. It may seem that things should follow a different path, but God knows what’s best for us and there are many in our lives who are praying for that too.
Being redeemed means to be bought back and usually at a great price. God paid for every living soul with the most costly price. He laid down His own life for us. That should tell us something about how much value we have.