On my love for Scarlett O'Hara

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I need to re-read Gone with the Wind.

Living in southern Georgia, I decided to read it last fall, and it definitely helped me understand the culture I'd been immersed in and made the interesting characters in my life even more endearing to me.

Although the book is lacking what other stories have-namely a virtuous protagonist-I still fell in love with it and with Scarlett O'Hara, her frustrating character flaws and all.

Gone with the Wind is far too long and complicated for me to explain in a short blog post. There's a lot going on with the war, the Old South and New South, the Yankees, etc etc.

But basically Scarlett is super frustrating and annoying. She's spoiled and gets pretty much anything she wants. She can manipulate the people around her to giving her what she wants, not what's best for her. And that kind of changes when she meets Rhett Butler, but things are still complicated because there's all these mind games going on.

Nonetheless, I think that's why I like Scarlett.

The other day I found myself on the phone explaining to my little sister about a recent falling out I'd had with God. How I was so frustrated by my state in life and how some people prayed and got whatever they wanted, and I was still very single, not living on my own, etc, etc. I said something along the lines of, "Basically I want God to change things but I just can't manipulate Him like I can other people because He is God, so I need to get over it."

And that summed things up pretty well. I can be like Scarlett. I want things my way. I get frustrated and mad and upset when they don't go my way. I think about how I can make things change.

And the good thing about being in a relationship with God is that He is stronger than I am. I can't manipulate Him into giving me what I want, even if it's not good for me. Is it humbling? Yes. It's very very humbling to live the life I do and not tweak things into the life I want. But if this is what God sees fit, this is what I want.

I get sad when I see Scarlett because she had so much potential. Her stubbornness could've been harnessed into a humble perseverance and determination. But no one made her that way. The people around her enabled her to be the spoiled monster she was. Yes, ultimately Scarlett is responsible for her own actions, but it takes a village to raise a child, etc etc.

I'm trying not to be like Scarlett. I'm trying to allow myself to be challenged and to be told "no, that's not good for you" and to be obedient.

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