Thursday, October 11, 2007

Answers to prayer

Saw a DVD of Evan Almighty the other night—very fun movie. If you've got kids, they'd love it. It's full of animals doing all kinds of clever and cute things. And, if they're familiar with the Noah story, all the better. The ark is HUGE.

It's a lighthearted movie, but here's one part I found thought-provoking. Morgan Freeman (God) is talking at a diner with the modern day Noah's wife, who doesn't know he's God, about her husband building an ark. She has fled the home, thinking her husband has just gone over the edge.

God says, "Most people miss the point of the Noah story—they think it's about God and anger. I think it's a love story. It's about believing in each other. Animals show up in pairs side by side, just like Noah and his family."

The wife responds, "But what about my husband building an ark? What do you do with that?"

God says, "It sounds to me like an opportunity. Let me explain. If someone prays for patience, does God give them patience? Or opportunities to be patient? Of if someone prays for courage, does God make them courageous? Or does He send them opportunities to be courageous? Or if someone prays for their family to be close [which she had done earlier in the movie], do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings? Or does He give opportunities to love each other?"

She then renews her commitment to her husband and returns home to support his ark building. The family gets closer.

I liked this concept. We attract lessons in what we need to learn in order to learn it. When it's time for us to overcome something or to grow stronger in something, our lives align with opportunities to do so. I don't think that's God necessarily because I don't think the Divine sees us as anything other than perfect already. But our own need to understand our own perfection places us into situations that allow us—perhaps force us—to see it more clearly.

It's a fun movie. If you see it or have seen it, let me know what you think!

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At 10/11/2007 06:21:00 PM, Blogger Kate said...

I sooo agree with your take on this...I have loved Mary Baker Eddy's statement, "What we most need is the fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love and good deeds". I don't know anyway to grow in those qualities than to be placed in life's laboratory where we area asked to BE patient, meek, loving and active in our goodness. Right when everything around us is screaming be impatient, be resentful, be unloving...hold back your good deeds until the other desserves them...that's when we stretch ourselves and grow as spiritual beings.

And sometimes the lessons are humility, grace, silence, and a willing obedience...or perserverance.

thanks for this you, K

At 10/12/2007 01:33:00 AM, Anonymous delilah p. said...

You wrote: When it's time for us to overcome something or to grow stronger in something, our lives align with opportunities to do so.

This is so wise!


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