“Babette’s Feast” is a movie I have recently enjoyed immensely. It’s a parable of grace. In fact, it’s featured in Philip Yancey’s book, “What’s So Amazing about Grace?”
Babette, a French refugee, lands on the doorstep of a pair of elderly spinster sisters, looking for a job as a maid. Though they cannot pay her, she insists on serving them humbly and faithfully, gradually and quietly transforming their ho-hum diet and freeing up the sisters to carry on their works of charity in the community.
After many years, when at last Babette acquires a sum of money, she spends it all on a delightful and lavish French dinner for the sisters and their friends, a product of her culinary art and of love. And only then do we learn that she had been a famous chef back in France—living incognito in Denmark for many long years!
Only one of the dinner guests truly appreciates the exquisite meal—a military general who had traveled widely. The others were determined to partake politely, only realizing toward the end that they were actually enjoying it.
The “lessons” of this story are too many to mention in this entry. Is it a parable? Who is Babette meant to be a picture of? Do I appear in this story? If so, where?