The Bachelor Boo Hoo

Did any of you watch The Bachelor Finale this week?

First, let me say that I haven’t watched this show in years…. HONESTLY! I confess that I did watch the very first season but quickly became bored with it. I’d rather read a good book instead of watching t.v. any day.

The other night was different. I had had an extremely busy afternoon and used up all my brain power. I was looking for some mindless entertainment right before bedtime and wasn’t up to watching something that would require me to think too deeply.

After flipping through 9999 channels, I came across the Bachelor. It was towards the end of the show and Girlie Contestant #1 was anxiously walking down the beautifully paved beach side path to Mr. Wonderful. Mr. Wonderful took her hand, quickly dumped her, escorted her back to the limo then returned to his mansion balcony for a quick boo hoo session.

At this point, my husband (who was watching t.v. with me) left the room mumbling under his breath “what a sissy!” I however was hooked. The remote was in my hand and I promise you, I tried to change the channel but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. It was as if I was in some sort of t.v. trance or something. I had seen this happen to my husband many times before, even while watching children’s cartoons (he’s obviously very prone to t.v. trances). I just had to find out what would happen next.

During the commercial break, I jumped up and fixed myself a huge bowl of ice cream which included but was not limited to hot fudge, caramel sauce, and toffee coated pecans. Oh yes, this was going to be a hour of indulgence! I got back just in time to see Girlie Contestant #2 walking down the same beautifully paved beach side path to Mr. Wonderful. I smiled to myself while shoving spoonfuls of rocky road in my mouth. The suspense was almost killing me, not to mention the brain freeze that suddenly gripped my head. Which by the way, is surely the only down side to eating ice cream.

Mr. Wonderful embraced Girlie Contestant #2, promised her a lifetime of happiness, got down on one knee, pledged his forever love to her, and proudly slipped a humongous chunk of joy on her finger. She giggled, he giggled, she cried, he cried, they embraced again and again. Then the show cut to a commercial break. Ah, they lived happily every after…Nope!

To my surprise, this was a two hour special. Now, “The Bachelor, After the Rose” show was coming on. “You have got to be kidding!” I wasn’t planning for a two hour commitment. So I did what any other Southern girl would do. I went and refilled my bowl of ice cream with hot fudge, caramel sauce and toffee coated pecans, thank you very much.

Upon returning, the host explained that this would be the most shocking “After the Rose” show ever. Something that had never happened in the history of this show. So traumatic that they wouldn’t even allow a live audience. “WHAT’S HAPPENING” I blurted out! This was not what I signed up for. I was looking for a show that was mindless and required no thinking what so ever. I should have known better than to get sucked into The Bachelor. Not only would I be exhausted the next morning but I’d go to bed with a major stomach ache from all that darn ice cream.

Well, let me tell you somethin‘. Mr. Wonderful is not so wonderful at all!!! He’s Mr. Wishy Washy. Remember that big down on one knee production he performed only moments earlier. Well, let’s just say he changed his mind. He was having second thoughts. His feelings had changed. He wasn’t certain anymore. He was confused. He was blah, blah, blah….

The show paused for another commercial break while I slowly slipped into a sugar induced coma. It was those toffee coated pecans that put me over the edge.

The remaining 45 minutes consisted of Mr. Wonderful dumping Girlie Contestant #2 then hookin’ up with Girlie Contestant #1. What happened to his oath? What happened to his commitment? What happened to his promise of a lifetime?

Well, let me say that I did wake up VERY tired the next morning and still bothered by the chain of events that I had witnessed on The Bachelor the night before. It bothered me that the words “I love you” are tossed around so easily now a days. What good is an oath if it’s broken? How can you trust someone who says “I’ll promise you a lifetime of happiness” then changes his mind only days or weeks later? As I pondered all of this, I felt the Lord tug on my heart and say “my promise is forever and my word is never changing”. Then the following scripture verse popped into my head.

I’ll will never let you down, never will I walk off and leave you. Hebrews 13:5b (The Message)

God is so good! He reminded me that no matter what, He will never leave or forsake his people. We can stand on his word and know that it has staying power. He won’t say “I love you” one minute and then change his mind the next. God’s words are forever and amen. We can rely and trust in him above all else. He will never walk away from us.

As for Girlie Contestant # 1 and Mr. Wishy Washy, who knows what will happen next. As for me, I’ve got my Mr. Wonderful. He is the same yesterday, today and forever!

Leah

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