Here’s an illustration from the movie Matrix: Revolutions, courtesy of MovieMinistry.com:
The Big Idea:
Love is a connection.
Neo finds himself on a concrete floor. As he awakens, he is looking up at the face of a little girl, Sati, who explains to Neo that he is in The Train Station, a place between his world and the Matrix.
Sati asks Neo if he is from the Matrix. Neo says that he used to be. Sati says that she had to leave home also. Her father, Ramakandra, calls her over, explaining to Neo that his daughter is just curious. Neo recognizes the man and says, “You’re programs.”
Ramakandra responds, “Oh yes. I am the Powerplant Systems Manager for Recycling Operations. My wife is an interactive software program – she is highly creative.” He explains that the train station is a place to take things from one world to another. When Neo asks if that is what he is doing here, Ramakandra’s wife warns her husband not to answer, but Ramakandra wants to be kind and says he doesn’t mind:
“The answer is simple. I love my daughter very much. I find her to be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. But where we are from that is not enough. Every program that is created must have a purpose. If it does not, it is deleted. I went to the Frenchman to save my daughter. You do not understand.”
Neo is stunned, “I’ve just never heard of”
Ramakandra recognizes Neo’s problem, “You’ve never heard a program speak of love.”
Neo explains, “It’s a human emotion.”
But Ramakandra corrects him, “No, it is a word. What matters is the connection the word implies. I see that you are in love. Can you tell me what you would give to hold on to that connection?”
Neo, thinking of Trinity, says, “Anything.”
With understanding in his eyes, Ramakandra says, “Then perhaps the reason you are here is not so different from the reason I am here.”
Love is not an emotion; it is a connection. Emotions come and go, but love based in a commitment of the will, bears and believes all things. It is not surprising that a creation would bear the stamp of its creator. The program is responding to its programming. God, our Creator, has indelibly marked us with His image. We love, because He first loved us. And when a true connection is made between people or between a person and God, preserving that connection becomes a priority of the utmost importance. (You can find additional illustrations and resources based on current and classic films at www.MovieMinistry.com.)
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