Have you seen Big Eyes? It’s a highly rated, PG-13, compelling account of the life and struggles of artist Margaret Keane and her unscrupulous husband, Walter. I highly recommend it!
The movie came out at the end of 2014 and has won many awards this year. Big Eyes was directed and produced by Tim Burton, and from my research, it looks like the movie—though not perfectly correct in every detail—does accurately portray the shocking evil and oppression of a man so driven by ambition that his life was nothing but a hypocritical sham…which made his wife’s life miserable for many, many years. I was reminded of the movie this past Sunday when I learned that the daughter of some of our friends had just suffered a devastating breakup with her fiance. As it turned out, the groom-to-be was actually already married and a fraud. This totally shocked my friends, because they had no clue. In fact, they had really liked the guy and thought he’d make a good husband. But, I’m so glad they discovered his deceit before their daughter actually married him! The moral of the story as they told it reflected a lesson our pastor had given that morning from Joshua 9 concerning Israel’s deception by the Gibeonites. Don’t take things at face value. Pray about every decision. Nothing is “so obvious” that you don’t need to ask the Lord’s guidance. He knows things we do not. He loves us and desires the best for us. In all our decisions, small and great, may we seek His counsel and avoid having our own face big-eyed with grief.
“A violent man entices his neighbor,
and leads him into the way that is not good” (Proverbs 16:29). “There is a way that seems right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25). “He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusts in the Lord, happy is he” (Proverbs 16:20). “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!” (Proverbs 6:16). “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weighs the spirits. Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.” (Proverbs 16:2-3).