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Why I didn’t see Beauty & the Beast {It’s not what you think…}

March 29, 2017

It was all planned. After a week of early mornings and late nights working to complete SoloHope’s new Spring/Summer collection, we were going to reward ourselves with a little relaxation–a movie! And not just any movie but Beauty & the Beast.

It was my favorite Disney movie as a young girl (okay, okay from time to time I still click play on the animated version). I had been looking forward to the live-action movie since I had heard Disney was making it.

Needless to say, I was excited.

Since we live in La Esperanza, it’s three hours to the airport where we’d have to drop off the shipment. It was also where the theater was where we’d see Beauty & the Beast! But first thing was first–boxes. We had run out of boxes to package our shipments so we had to go by the company we purchase boxes from first to pick up our order of a 100-18x18x18 inch boxes.

What we had not thought about was how high we’d have to stack the boxes on top of the car to get them back to La Esperanza. It looked like we were trying to build a tower atop the roof of the car.

The theater is in the mall which has an underground parking lot. And yes, you guessed it! The car with the tower of boxes atop couldn’t clear the parking garage and there was nowhere safe to leave the car on the street.

So I didn’t see Beauty & the Beast.

I was heartbroken.

And I cried. And cried. And cried.

I know, I know–a 30 year old grown woman crying about not getting to see Beauty & the Beast is pretty embarrassing but disappointment invaded my heart that day.

Going to the movies is my favorite but since the nearest theater is over an hour away it’s not something that we get to do often. The whole week when I was tired and wanted to quit, I kept telling myself, “You’ll soon get to reward yourself with Beauty & the Beast.”

As I was a blubbering crying mess, I texted a friend about what happened and that I was actually crying about not going to see the movie and she texted me back and said:

“Listen, disappointment is real.”

And it is. Disappointment is real. Over the last few months, I’ve had to deal with lots of disappointment. Disappointment when plans failed. Disappointment when people I trusted failed me. Disappointment when things didn’t go how I’d always imagined. Disappointment when there was no water. And yes, disappointment when I didn’t get to see a certain movie.

Life is full of disappointments and it’s so easy to let them sink us. But I’m learning even in the midst of the hardest of disappointments, that I must keep my eyes on the One who will never disappoint. He will always stay true to His word. He will always love us BIG even when we disappoint Him.

People will fail. Plans will fail. But our God never will. Our God will never disappoint.

P.S. The hubby took me and Brenan (Ever’s mini-me) to see Beauty & the Beast Monday. It was absolutely beautiful, even completely in Spanish. Afterwards I don’t know how many times I told Ever “Gracias por llevarme al cine para ver La Bella y La Bestia.” (Thank you for taking me to the movies to see Beauty & the Beast.) He did good. He did real good. So yes, en fin, I saw Beauty & the Beast!