You might be thinking that I am exaggerating when I say that I think this movie is one of the best (if not THE best) Christian movie I have ever seen. And that’s fine with me, but if not THE best certainly one of the best to be sure.
This is a story of a family who no fault of their own experienced an incident that disrupted their life. It plays out very realistically (in my opinion) what everyone goes through when faced with an unbelievable storm that turns their life on a dime. I highly recommend this movie.
Yes, I wish I would have brought a box of Kleenex. I will admit I shed lots of tears, and just by saying that some might choose not to go for that reason alone. But do yourself a favor and take in this movie. It puts life in perspective. I’ve been known to say, “Everybody’s got stuff” and it’s true and your “stuff” is your personal battle in life to be sure. But it’s also true that just when you think you have it so bad, you often find someone else who has it a whole lot worse than you and that tends to force you into a grateful state of mind knowing that your situation pales in comparison.
Here are a few of the quotes I jotted down during the movie:
“Faith is the only true shelter.”
“You need to roll with it or you’ll get rolled over.”
“I don’t have faith about anything. I hurt so bad, I can’t even pray.”
“Just because she’s sick does not mean there’s not a loving God.”
“Not everyone is going to believe. They’ll get there when they get there.”
“You can live your life as though nothing is a miracle or you can live your life as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein.
“There is nothing more powerful than the bond of a family and the family of faith when you’re experiencing an unimaginable life storm.”
You see, I have had the blessing of experiencing many life challenges. For each of the past 16 years my wife and I have had a life “storm”. Some might call them tragedies – certainly they were serious enough to jerk us to our knees. With all sincerity we can certainly speak the words, “I’ve been there.”
As hard as each one was, I can say that each was also a blessing in disguise. I’d almost go as far as saying that I am thankful for the tests. The ultimate blessing is that for each of those tests my faith has grown and I am now closer to God than ever before. I’m confident this would not be the case should my life had been smooth sailing. In other words, I believe that without the valley’s I would not be so blessed to appreciate the view from the mountain tops.
As of this writing, I have preserved 40 testimonies to God’s faithfulness since launching I’VE BEEN THERE Ministries in June of 2015. Over that time I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting some of the most remarkable people who have experienced some of the most unbelievable life challenges and tragedies.
What is so amazing is that though no two stories are the same, they all share one thing in common. That one thing is they give God the glory for His faithfulness in seeing them through their stormy waters. Whether it was the loss of a loved one, a sustaining illness, history of torture and abuse, broken relationships or financial disaster, every interview I’ve conducted reveals that God was present through it all and while they know another storm may be on the horizon, they are less fearful than before because of the blessings they experienced in the valley.
So go see this movie. I believe you will be glad because you did.