I am never a Korean drama buff. But yesterday I watched with my wife a Korean movie titled, “Canola.” And I never felt the same again.
Without becoming too much of a plot spoiler, this movie is about an aging grandmother. She is a female diver in a small island village and a respected and beloved member of this close-knit community.
She has an adorable and artistic little granddaughter.
This granny’s only joy and gratification is caring for her grandchild who is her only surviving family member.
All that changed when one day at a crowded market, the granddaughter disappeared from her side.
Twelve years later, the girl turned up and was dramatically reunited with her grandmother.
The grandchild is now a teenager hardened by a life of petty crime on the shady streets of Seoul. She had become a troubled teen with a scarred mind and a secret.
After going missing for so many years, she is now restored and surrounded by her granny’s unswerving love and devotion.
The girl witnessed her granny’s caring patience and kindness that is not easily provoked by her rebellious attitude and behavior.
Gradually her cold-heartedness thaws back to some semblance of the sunny, sweet creature she was once.
It was simply because she could not ignore, disregard or deny the love her grandmother has for her.
Here is a story that embraces the biblical description of love in I Corinthians 13:4-8a.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
Watch the move (with tissue papers ready) and you will understand what love means and perhaps believe “Love never fails.”