Robin Williams was a comedic genius appearing in countless standup routines, interviews, television shows and movies. As much as I have enjoyed the body of his work, one of my favorite Robin Williams’ movies was a rare dramatic performance. “What Dreams May Come” was a cinematic eye feast and a critical success, garnering an Academy Award for the category of Best Effects and Visual Effects. It is the story of pediatrician Chris Nielsen, played by Robin Williams. Married to Annie, played by Annabella Sciorra, they have two teen aged children who are tragically killed in a car accident. As Chris and Annie struggle to move on with their lives, Chris is also killed in a car accident. Here is a scene from the movie when Chris finds himself in Heaven. Robin Williams Heaven scene from What Dreams May Come – YouTube
In heaven, Chris visits Annie who is sinking deeper into depression leading to her suicide. When Chris finds out, he is at first elated since he will be reunited with his soul mate. He then learns that because Annie committed suicide, she is doomed to remain in hell. What follows is an inspiring adventure as Chris leaves the safety of Heaven and travels to hell to rescue his wife. Even if it means that he will never be able to return to Heaven, he is determined to be reunited with her. When he finally reaches her, at first she doesn’t recognize him but it does not matter. He thanks her and forgives her for rejecting him. When she asks why, he replies, “For being so wonderful a guy would choose Hell over Heaven just to hang around you.”
Their bond of love is so strong that not even the comfort and solitude of Heaven will keep Chris from leaving and travelling to the depths of hell to be with the one whom he loves.
This sounds familiar.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV)
Jesus Christ had the unimaginable riches of Heaven at His command. He spoke the universe into existence. He was in continual fellowship with God, the Father, and God, the Holy Spirit. Yet, He chose to leave all of this and to be born on this earth as a human.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 3:16-17 (NKJV)
It was a love so strong and pure, that nothing, not even the comforts of Heaven could prevent Jesus from coming to earth and descending into the depths of hell to rescue this lost world. Our dreams of eternal life and salvation came true. We should all awaken to this beautiful opportunity that is offered to all of us through faith and belief in Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.