I have not seen the motion picture, “True Grit,” but I have noticed a few favorable reviews, one of which lauded the moralistic virtue that comes through the film especially embodied in the character of young Maddie. The review quoted her as saying: “My father would want me to be firm in the right, as he always was.” And then… “The Author of all things watches over me … and I have a good horse.”
Now that’s enough to sell me right there.
We are, all of us, a combination of very human, very ordinary things, yet with a spiritual component of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. It’s this balance, this sacred right up next to secular – the holy and the common – that makes up who we are. You can’t have one without the other. Try to spiritualize everything and you lose the human element that makes life real. Try and explain everything in human terms and you miss the hand of God shaping and giving meaning to everything.
Indeed, you can’t understand Jesus without accepting the human and the divine altogether. And it’s not half and half, 50% of each. Jesus was (is) 100% God and 100% man. That’s why he can identify with us.
Yes, the Author of all things watches over me… and I have a good horse. It’s okay. We have temporal things we rely on, too, since God gives us all things. What would your horse be? For me it might be a good guitar. Or maybe for you it’s a good job. Or even a good friend. It’s okay; it’s what makes up who we are. For C.S. Lewis it might have been “The Author of all things watches over me… and I enjoy a good pipe.”