"May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ."
(2 Thessalonians 3:5)
"FORREST GUMP" is a great film for a number of reasons. Tom Hanks is an amazing actor. It's also a very funny, poignant, and touching movie all at the same time. The digitized alteration of famous historical events (where Forrest is superimposed int he background) was groundbreaking. The soundtrack is incredible. And who can forget "Cajun sha-rimp... boiled sha-rimp... garlic sha-rimp..."?
But I think one of the most compelling aspects of the film is the faithful & unwavering love that Forrest had for Jenny. You may call him a "simple-minded man," but I think Forrest embodied the kind of love that God has for us: steady, consistent, always available - even if we reject it (repeatedly)! Jenny's life was pretty messed up (stemming from an abusive childhood by her father)... but Forrest continued to love her, whether she openly returned that love or not.
2 Thessalonians 3:5 understands this kind of love. It's God's love for us. It's Christ Jesus' faithfulness towards us. We just often have a hard time recognizing it. So Paul tells us (as he told the church in Thessalonia): "May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ." Indeed! And that's no "box of chocolates," for we know what we'll get from God!