The Rescuers (1977)

credit: www.supertran.netBob Newhart teams up with a Hungarian mouse to rescue a little girl who was kidnapped and forced to search a dark, watery cave for a diamond embedded in a dead pirate’s skull before she drowns to death… you know, good family fun.

 

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: It’s impossible to get anything done when my pet alligators are playing the organ.

This movie is much funnier if you’re familiar with Bob Newhart’s style of comedy. My generation will probably only know him from Will Ferrell’s Elf movie, but he was a hilarious comedian back in the day.

Other noteworthy voices in this animated film are Eva Gabor (from an old show called Green Acres) and Joe Flynn (who played Dean Higgins in Strongest Man in the World).

This is definitely one of those Disney cartoons that doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves. It does a great job tugging at your emotions. For example, that scene with Penny and Rufus the cat chokes me up every time. I don’t know which parents picked the pretty redheaded girl over Penny, but one day they will face my wrath.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: Your eyes will feel slightly violated every time you look at the villain, Medusa. And when I say “slightly” I mean “forever, absolutely and unforgivingly.”

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We all need rescuing, and as we go through hard times day after day, our trials can seem almost unbearable. I like what old Rufus said to Penny: “Faith makes things turn out right.”

If you’re going through a hard time right now, you should know that the answers to your prayers may not come through two mice and a dragonfly named Evinrude… but they may come through someone or something just as insignificant or unexpected.

That’s how miracles work. As Spencer W. Kimball once said: “God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs.”

Sometimes we’re so busy waiting for a parting of the Red Sea that we miss the smaller, less phenomenal miracles that God sends just for us. When we talk about faith preceding miracles, it’s important to remember that true faith includes trusting in the “what” and “when” of those miracles.

“The issue for us is trusting God enough to trust also His timing.  If we can truly believe He has our welfare at heart, may we not let His plans unfold as He thinks best?  Our faith needs to include faith in the Lord’s timing – not just in His overall plans and purposes, but for us personally…  Since faith in the timing of the Lord may be tried, let us learn to say not only, ‘Thy will be done’ but patiently also, ‘Thy timing be done.’” – Neal A. Maxwell (Even As I Am (1982), 93.)

Henry B. Eyring: “Although His time is not always our time, we can be sure that the Lord keeps His promises.” Not only that, but “it will comfort us when we must wait in distress for the Savior’s promised relief that He knows, from experience, how to heal and help us… And faith in that power will give us patience as we pray and work and wait for help.”

When we place our faith in the real Rescuer, we need not worry about what will become of us. No matter what we are going through, Jesus Christ knows exactly what it feels like and exactly what needs to happen for us to fulfill our divine mission on this earth, even if that means going through this trial just a little longer.

Jeffrey R. Holland said it best:

“For His Atonement to be infinite and eternal, He had to feel what it was like to die not only physically, but spiritually, to sense what is was like to have the divine Spirit withdraw, leaving one feeling totally, abjectly, hopelessly alone.

“But Jesus held on. He pressed on. The goodness in Him allowed faith to triumph even in a state of complete anguish. The trust he lived by told Him in spite of His feelings that divine compassion is never absent, that God is always faithful, that He never flees nor fails us.  When the uttermost farthing had then been paid, when Christ’s determination to be faithful was as obvious as it was utterly invincible, finally and mercifully, it was ‘finished.’”

Some day it will be “finished” for us, as well. But until then, remember that “faith makes things turn out right.”

“Dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.” – Ether 12:6

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