Our experiences affect our ability to trust others. They even shape who we are as people.
In the film Love Finds You in Sugarcreek
, such is the case for Rachel Troyer, a young single policewoman, who lost her parents at a very young age. Her experiences made her easily suspicious and very protective of her adopted family.
All she wants for her aunts is for them to be safe and healthy. However, her aunts are devoted Amish inn keepers who believe very firmly in hospitality. So, they naturally agree to take in the mysterious stranger Joe and his sick son when misfortune leaves them stranded in Sugarcreek. They go as far as offering him work around their property (much to Rachel’s objections) as a way of paying for his room and board.
Both Rachel and Joe’s experiences teach them to be mistrusting of others. Thus, their acquaintance becomes tense and shaky. It is not until they open up to each other do they fall in love. Once Joe tells Rachel his story and she finds her suspicions were wrong, she devotes herself to helping him with his problem.
It doesn’t take long for her to discover how serious and violent his problem is, especially when his obsessive manager hunts him down. Yet, Rachel stands by Joe despite his emotional baggage and dangerous associations.
Some of the most important things that keep a healthy relationship are honesty and devotion. Once Joe and Rachel break through the barrier of mistrust, they were able to achieve a healthy relationship and finally find healing from their tragic pasts.