By G.P. Avants
I am watching a scene from the Mummy 2, that really has tugged at my heart and mind. Rick O’Connell and the Mummy, Imhotop are both clinging for life on the edge of a pit of souls. Rick’s love, Evelyn reaches for him and pulls him to safety. The Mummy looks to his woman, Anck Su to save him. They lock eyes for a moment, but in fear she runs to save her own life. The look in his eyes told you that this woman, whom he had risked everything for, didn’t return his love. To this day I don’t if Imhotop lost his grip or his heart broke causing his to be pulled down by the hands of the dead.
It was the look in his eyes that really got to me. The bad guy in the end was lost forever. He finally saw the truth in the end but by that time, it was too late. I think when we are faced with our struggles of right and wrong, we see the enemy differently. Maybe seeing that if someone showed them the love and grace you have been shown, maybe they will turn back from the dark side?
Frodo Baggins showed grace when he dealt with the two-faced creature named Gollum. The ring was the tainted temptation that bound their fates together. When Frodo showed compassion to his enemy and it gave the Sméagol part of Gollum something he never thought he’d see again: faith, hope, and love.
As a writer, I use examples like these to give my character’s depth and character. I love to see the enemy get a chance to be redeemed and maybe even makes steps to undo the damage they caused. What’s great about this is how the protagonist’s life changes as well. Their hearts have to move and deepen, by seeing their antagonist change before their lives.
Though these are fictional stories isn’t this how real life really works if God is allowed the be part of the story? When we learn I actually feel compassion for those who hate us, I feel like we are closer to understanding the love of Jesus firsthand. We too were all God’s enemies at one point. He saw that if His enemies were to accept his love for them, they too could be made new creations. I hope remembering what shoes we once walked in will keep us sensitive to those who struggled as we once did. Never stop showing love to your enemies like you Father did for you in Christ.