I had the opportunity to attend the Sundance Film Festival last January with my dear friend, Lizzy – and it was amazing, to say the least. Though our eyes were beginning to pop out of their sockets by the end of the week, in total we watched 12 films, got to meet and listen to several of the producers, directors and actors, all while obtaining credit for a seminary class. Though I’m a film of indie films in general, Sundance 2010 seemed to portray an even darker image, dealing with raw, real-life issues. Whether that year’s crews meant the films to be portrayed in such a light, I couldn’t help but still see light in the midst of darkness. There was an overall feeling that though things were hard all around the characters in the film and by their surroundings, that Beauty could still be found. Beauty can be found in the most unlikely of places – but the question is, are we willing to see past the ugliness in order that Beauty might be seen?
I capitalize Beauty, because to me, Beauty is Hope – and Hope, another capitalized word that might make one wonder as to its capitalization – is Christ. In the midst of darkness and pain, ugliness and grime, Beauty can be found. It’s the flower growing in the alleyway. The sun peeking through the clouds for the first time in months. That tingling feeling of love when you just don’t think you can risk your heart anymore. That’s Hope, and the knowledge and feeling and mystery of it all that there’s something more, and Someone more that we can trust in when darkness seems to encapsulate our souls. I desire Beauty, and I desire Hope. Might my eyes be awakened to seeing its Truth.