So Friday night Hubby came home very tired from helping our neighbors move. He slunk off to bed. My girls were already there, but my son had a friend over for the night. Not wanting to nod off to sleep before them, (for fear of what the house might look like the next morning or what groceries might be missing) I decided to see what everyone was up to on Facebook. And there my friend Dawn Crandall had just posted this picture:
To which I replied: "I think I'll start too!"
I was beyond ecstatic to find another human being who'd never seen Downtown Abbey! (If you are a fan of the show, you can quit laughing now). So I found it on Netflix and started watching, checking out Dawn's status along the way, feeling very much a part of something big. When people there told her the dinner party was a great scene, I couldn't wait to get to that part. Finally, in the second episode there was a dinner party, kind of, but no smoldering looks between the two in the picture there as promised--who, by the way, I wasn't quite sure I'd even seen yet. I convinced myself that it had to be Mary with a man she'd eventually fall for...who was played by this Richard Armitage they kept talking about who'd also been in the movie North & South.
Now I just loved that movie--Patrick Swayze was a dreamboat--but I couldn't remember anything about a Richard Armitage. Imagine my glee when I pulled up the cover and saw him on it. But wait...how on earth had Richard not aged in the last thirty years?
I was sooooo confused.
It took me pausing the movie and reading two different bio's of Richard's to realize...
Dawn wasn't watching Downtown Abbey, she was watching North & South, but not the North & South I was thinking of...oh, I was so off base in so many ways and all because I knew nothing at all about Downtown Abbey.
I've heard a lot of buzz about it. I know it's the "it" show right now. And when I saw that picture Dawn posted I just assumed Downtown Abbey was what she was talking about. (It does look similar, maybe...right?)
Anyway, I had a good chuckle with myself and then kept watching Downtown Abbey. But my mind wandered a bit--it was nearly one a.m. so a bit of wandering is allowed. I started thinking about how easily we can also get off track with God. For some it's the same thing as Downtown Abbey and me. They've heard a lot about God, but they don't know Him well enough to understand if they're watching Him or something else completely. And while they may convince themselves they're on the right track--like me trying to make all those actors into the same people--it does not make their belief into truth.
The only way to not be fooled (an even as Christians, we can be fooled) is to know God intimately. Know His voice. Know His Word. So when you catch a snapshot of something, you'll know if it's Him or not. And if you're even the least bit unsure, stop...pause what you're doing...and pray about it. Seek out God's truth. Don't go any farther until you KNOW what's in front of you.
Yeah, I know, a deep message from my silly mistake, but isn't that so often how God works? He takes these real-life missteps and uses them to speak to us. I love how relational He is that way. And that He laughs with us. Go ahead, now you can laugh with me too :)
So I've got to know, anyone out there Downtown Abbey fans? I'm going to admit...I'm not--at least not yet. I'm half-way into episode four, wondering if I'm still missing something. I do like Bates, and of course, the countess because I love Maggie Smith, but I'm not in love with the show. Guess I'll have to try North & South--the British version!
Oh! Do watch N&S on Netflix the next chance you have 4 hours! It's based in the 1850's and Downton Abbey is based during the 1910's. The funny thing is, the man who plays Bates in DA also has a major role in N&S. :) I like DA. I've watched it on PBS ever since the first episode aired back in January 2010. I do like N&S better. I just bought it on eBay and hope it gets here by Wednesday!!! And that was a very good analogy. I have been as confused myself. About TV shows and about God wanted me to do with my life. Finally He just had to wack me over the head with an agent contract to make me see. :)ReplyDelete
HA:) And I do want to watch N&S now...just have to find the 4 hours! I think I'll like it better than DA which I'm still struggling to like.Delete
Haha, I was laughing all the way through your explanation of your confusion. (Sorry, that's probably not nice. :) ) Now, I LOVE Downton Abbey. I don't know, there's just something about it that grabbed me right away. I realize it's pretty darn close to a soap opera, but I can't help it...I'm hooked.ReplyDelete
And I love, love, love North & South, too...the BBC version with Richard Armitage. It has this bleak, but hopeful feel throughout a lot of it. And I never really thought about the divide between north and south in England. But yeah...loved it!
Thank you very much;) And yes, exactly, that's what I feel like when I'm watching it--like it's a soap! I keep going on to the next episode, hoping it will hook me b/c I feel like I should give it a chance. I do that with books too, and many times end up liking them. So, I'll finish season 1 and then see. But I may have to watch N&S first.Delete
Ok funny story. I was chatting back and forth on twitter with an editor from BH. A younger woman and we were talking about DA when she mentioned I should watch North & South to which I replied: I loved that series! Makes me miss Patrick Swayze! She responded: LOL I was talking about the BBC series, but I bet that one is good too! Ha! I. AM. OLD.ReplyDelete
I did watch the BBC series and LOVED it!
Oh THANK YOU for backing me up on that one!! I knew I couldn't be the only one who immediately thought of Patrick Swayze:)Delete
Okay, first of all, my face just LITERALLY LIT UP when I saw the photo of John Thornton and Margaret Hale from North & South!!!!!! Sorry for all of the explanation marks, but I'm a new fan of N&S, and I am still on a little bit of a *swoonfest* after seeing it for the first time 3 weeks ago. I seriously cried for at least 30 minutes when it was over (Yes, I'm a big cry baby, lol!). ;o)ReplyDelete
Oh. My. Stars. Susan! You must watch it soon! : )
As far as Downton Abbey goes, I've watched the first two episodes. I plan on watching more, but like you, I'm not hooked yet.
I love the story that you shared here, and how God taught you something through it. I can empathize with you, because I'm out of the loop most of the time, lol. I like to tease that I should come out from under the rock where I live more often. ;-)
Happy Tuesday, Susan! Have a great one!
Hehe...yeah, I think I live under a rock at times too:) And I'm sensing, from everyone's talk that I need to watch N&S soon!Delete
Hi Susan! Can't say I've seen either Downtown Abbey or North & South - how's that for shocking. Love your analogy, though. Absolutely true that if we're not careful, we can end up with a god of our own making. Thanks for the word of caution. God bless!ReplyDelete
Glad to know I'm not alone...I seriously was thinking I was the only one who'd never seen those shows, I now know better:) I do giggle when God uses these things to teach me stuff...the big and small, you know? Love that.Delete
Ha! I never heard of Downtown Abbey before this post.ReplyDelete
SEC sports, the Olympics, Sports Center, now those are things discussed around my house.
There are many stories in sports where athletes have relied on God to get them where they are or to help them work through an injury.
I think our common thread is we need to keep our hearts open to see God at work whether in literature, movies, or sports.
Thanks for sharing!
Olympics have been HUGE around here too! My son has decided he's competing in the 2016 ones--I think he's decided on swimming:) And I've loved hearing the athletes giving glory to God - did you see Gabby when she won the all-around? "the glory goes up to God so it doesn't fall down on me"...loved that!Delete
I haven't watched Downtown Abbey or N&S. Shocked?ReplyDelete
Hubby loves the Food Network and NASCAR. I enjoy a handful of shows, like Hawaii Five-O, Covert Affairs and Castle. We DVR all of them to watch without commercials. Until one of my shows drops off, I don't usually add new ones to the list. I'd much rather be reading.
Great post, Susan. :-)
Oh, I love Castle too! And Food Network--yum! Hubby, the kids, and I all watch that channel:) And yeah, I'd rather be reading--or writing--too!Delete