By Carmen Miller
While perusing through Netflix in the wee hours of the morning, I came across this movie. A Little Bit of Heaven.
Most movies about dying from cancer don’t have the bouncy high spirits and candy-colored atmosphere of a modern romantic comedy. Then comes A Little Bit of Heaven starring Kate Hudson who plays a free-spirited woman (yet, again) who is diagnosed with Colon cancer. In the movie she voices her intention of never wanting to fall in love or settle down. Everything changes when she meets Gael Garcia Bernal, the man who changes how she feels about love. He just happens to be the doctor diagnosing her with colon cancer and offering slim chances that any treatment will keep her alive.
Kate Hudson flirts with Bernal as he preps her for a colonoscopy, an awkward moment (and apparently a nice dose of morphine drip) followed by a fantasy sequence in which Hudson’s spirit travels to heaven and talks to God, who takes the form of Whoopi Goldberg, who informs her, sassily, that she’s dying. She is granted three wishes on the way out, however, though she knows—being "omniscient" and all—that what Hudson really wants is to find love before she dies.
This movie reinforces the importance of true love and, despite its grim subject matter, A Little Bit Of Heaven stays on task even in the face of death. Kate's character even has a moment where she asks her doctor beau if he believed in God and how she envied people who believed in Him and lived a life of joy and peace, because as believers they knew what was in waiting for them after they passed on.
It reminded me of what's to come for us as believers. We once feared dying and no longer living alongside our loved ones. As new creatures in Christ we know now that we have a beautiful Kingdom waiting for us. A place with no more pain, ugliness, hurt or violence. A place of true joy and love.
Jesus reminds us of this in John 14:1-3, when He says,