After all the hype, I had to see Toy Story 3. Of course, with the advent of 3D, you have to put up with what seemed to be eons of ads, many of which were pushing the third dimension to the limit; one day they'll look back I hope...
The film opens with Andy now grown up and off to college. College kids don't want to play with their toys anymore and so he packs them off to the attic but decides to take Woody with him. To cut a long story short, the toys end up mistakenly in a rubbish bag, from whence begins a great adventure....
For those who haven't seen the film, we'll not reveal the ending, but share one part of the story.
How are the toys to handle (perceived) rejection from Andy? One suggestion is to live in a children's day centre where a never ending succession of different children will play with you/love you.You'll be loved forever - even if it is by different kids. That suggestion is rejected in favour of love by the one and only Andy.
One of the psychologies which power Toy Story 3 is the human desire for eternal and unconditional love. Where does this come from?
Deep down this desire flows from humanity's collective remembrance of the Garden. We long for the unconditional never ending love we once knew and once experienced, the love for which we were created.
The idolatry of the human heart is to imagine that this quality of love can be experienced from people. People will let us down, but there is One whose love never fails. In God's love alone can we find total and utter security.