My all-time favorite movie is Blood Diamond, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio. There are many reasons why I love this movie, but the main reason is because there is a moving scene that reminds me every time of God’s fatherly love for His children, whom He wants to bring home to be with Him.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, please go see it soon (just a heads up it’s rate R)! It’s incredible. If you haven’t that’s okay, I still (sort of) love you. Anyways, here’s a brief summary of the movie: DiCaprio’s character, Danny Archer, is a renegade diamond smuggler who does shady business throughout Africa. He meets a man named Solomon Vandy who found a massive diamond and buried it. Solomon is a father whose son, Dia Vandy, was taken away in a village raid by men who force children to join their army, brainwash them, and make them to do horrendous things. Danny and Solomon find out that if they find where the army Dia is in is located, they also find where the diamond that Solomon buried is. So they help each other out in this quest to find the diamond (Danny’s motivation) and find the son (Solomon’s motivation).
Long story short, they find where Dia’s army is, and they find the diamond. But when Solomon finds the diamond, his son Dia, because of all the brainwashing and horrible things he was forced to do, he only sees his father as an enemy. Please watch the scene by following this link (warning: Tears may flow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRWve1dr2JI
Wasn’t that powerful?
What does Solomon say to his son, Dia, that stood out to you?
I love what Solomon starts out saying: “You are Dia Vandy.” What is he doing? He is reminding his son what is true about him. He is reminding him about his identity. He speaks truth to him. My favorite line is this: “I am your father, who loves you. And you will come home with me and be my son, again.”
This reminds me of the story Jesus tells in Luke 15:11-32. This is the story of the Prodigal Son. He is a son who basically told his father he wished he was dead, ran away from home, blew all his money on wild living, then found himself at rock bottom. In desperation, he returned home to his father. And his father throws him a party in celebration of his return.
Ultimately this is our story too: We have all one way or another chosen to turn away from God and do our own thing, when God’s heart breaks for us and wants us to return home to be with Him. Our true home, the home we all long for, is found whenever we are with God. We are truly home when we are with Him.
So maybe you’re reading this and you haven’t been straying away from God, but you are having trouble hearing and remembering the truth of who you are and who’s you are. That you are a son or daughter of God, and that He loves you more than you can imagine.
But maybe you’re reading this and you recognize that you have been going your own way. You have run away from God, and you are far from home. My desire for you is that you would recognize that God is pursuing after you, and wants you to come home and be his daughter or son again.
So wherever you’re at, please hear these words:
““I am your father, who loves you. And you will come home with me and be my son, again.”