Anne starts out her Roman Holiday wanting only the excitement of pursuing one day of total freedom to do just whatever she pleases, and Joe Bradley starts out pursuing the personally detached, coldly calculated news reporter’s front page feature article. Both unknowingly start out the day in the natural realm of worldly conventional self-centered plans and schemes, but through the day’s totally unique shared experiences they end up at the highest character realm of the natural moral law of self-sacrificing love. So it is with a God-composed journey of faith following Jesus Christ. Spending time with Jesus will change us forever.
Romantic love that contains genuine self-sacrifice motivates Hepburn and Peck, in the movie, to make the right decision and to do the right thing. But it is the actual activities of the day spent together that creates the bond of love between them to make this possible. This is where the “rubber meets the road” in the story. Without their “Roman Holiday” there is no context for their shared experiences, growing love for each other, and subsequent elevated character growth. Without their Roman Holiday experience, they both would remain just the same as they were the previous day, hopelessly stuck within their horizontally conventional realities.
Only God can craft the events and circumstances in our lives to create the singularly unique context for developing love for God and right actions consistent with the natural moral law.
Whenever Jesus Christ calls a person into a particular task, mission, or service as part of their journey of faith, the confidence that God places in us is a divine aspect of love that will inspire a response to rise to the occasion. This supportive validation of us as a person, coming from no less than Almighty God Himself, will raise the bar to a new elevated level of character within us. The value that God places upon us, and the trust He invests in our development, when divine love is in operation, will elevate people into the high character level of the natural moral law contained within a journey of faith, to match the beautiful stories of faith in the Bible. The acceptance, confidence, and validation that are a part of the love of God that is shown in God’s willingness to interact with us on a personal level, will elevate us to become better people, again seemingly out of nowhere (Mark 4:26-28).