Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kimchi Family

Today Tom and I finished watching all twenty-four episodes of Kimchi Family on Hulu.

A couple of weeks ago, Tom found this series for us to watch. I was so moved. He does not like watching foreign films much because he has to read subtitles, and that is too much for his taste. This foreign film is Korean.

We fell in love with not just the story but with each of the characters. We cried with them, we laughed and shouted Hooray with them, and shook with fear (well me) and sighed when things became okay.

It was not until about the twelfth episode that I realized that this is very much a picture of the healing Inn that the good Samaritan in the Bible brought a man beaten by robbers. In the midst of the beautiful scenery of mountains and rivers, there is an old traditional restaurant that has been in the family for several generations. The restaurant is called Chun Ji In (Chun – heaven or heavenly; Ji – Earth or Earthly; In – man). So the name of the restaurant is Heavenly Earthly Man or Heaven Earth Man. In the drama's subtitles it is called Earth and Man, which I did not notice until about episode twelve since I was not reading subtitles. I realized that the subtitle interpretation for the restaurant name did not do justice to the story.

This restaurant drew emotionally wounded people whether they are from wealth, success, gangs, or poverty. So many wounded came...abandoned by someone, leaving someone, unable to forgive oneself, unable to forgive others, hating of self, unable to love others, hating of others, deeply longing to be loved...each person with his own unique wound.

They were drawn to Chun Ji In restaurant where their healing began often without their realization.

I considered myself. A person with seemingly no wound yet when the Lord started to heal me, I realized that I was filled with wounds.

This is story of redemption, forgiveness, restoration, and healing. Each episode drew us into the story to the point we were unable to be released from watching the next episode.

Today, the day after we finished the story, I miss the characters and I miss the special time that Tom and I had while watching this story. We have watched so many things together, yet this was so special.

I wonder if the author is a Christian.
God heals our inner souls. We are all wounded one way or another, and He restores us.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul (Psalm 23:1–3)