Thursday, July 26, 2012

Answers

I watched "Soul Surfer" last night.  It was such an amazing movie. It is a tear jerker, so have tissues handy.   It is about a girl who loves to surf.  She dreams about being a professional.  She is just a teenager and is so close to that dream.  She is at the top of her game.  One routine day, while surfing, she gets attacked by a shark and loses an arm.  Now what?  Will she ever be able to surf again?  Will she be able to do anything normal again?  She remains surprisingly positive.

For me, one of the parts that really stuck with me was a scene where she is talking to her youth minister, and she remembers a discussion they had before the attack.  She was teaching the kids how sometimes when we are too close to a situation, we don't have the right perspective to see the whole picture.  Then she finally asks the question.... (watch the video)

I loved the answer she gave.   She could have guessed a plan that God had in this. She could have tired to come up with any possible absolute answer, but she didn't.  She simply says, "I don't know, but i have to believe that something good is going to come out of this."  How many of us would have come up with some sort of answer?  How about this one:  " I guess surfing is not in God's plans for you."?  That probably would have been one's first instinct answer.  Simply put, she tells her to just have faith.  In time you will see why this happened.  I was encouraged by this because I always want to have an answer for someone's hurt.  I want to be able to say exactly what it is that will give them hope and comfort.  And I know i am not the only one who struggles with this.  Then, we usually end up saying something dumb just because we felt we needed something to say. If she had told her that maybe surfing was just not in God's plans for her, it would have crushed her, not built her up.  Sometimes when we feel we have to give an answer, it cuts off any possibility to see the real answer.  We think we are pointing them to God, but in reality, we are pointing them away.  The answer is for God to give, not us.

I am not giving away any more of the movie.  You will just have to see it for yourselves (if you haven't already)