"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
This was the key verse for the movie we saw last weekend...at our local cinema...not in a church...in a theater. Against all odds, God's goodness, plans, power, and provision were displayed beautifully...and apologetically.
The story is one that also goes against all odds...that of a young surfer with amazing potential who loses an arm in a shark attack... yet conquers her fears...holds onto her faith...fights hard for her dream...and wins.
It's a true story...one of amazing inspiration. The title is Soul Surfer.
I don't think of myself as an "activist", but this is one time that I am encouraging you to send Hollywood a message. Let's show screenwriters, producers, Hollywood moguls that we crave wholesome entertainment. Movie tickets are expensive, but this is worth paying full price! Let your voice be heard!
The cast is strong...Annasophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, and Carrie Underwood...the script compelling...the scenery in Hawaii full of God's splendor!
Here's a peek...
Let's proclaim our desire to enjoy movies that go against the odds of popularity and a culture that seems to believe that anything is acceptable except Christianity.
Father, in a world that seems to shout anything but Your Name, thank You for those that were willing to take the chance to stand up for faith and Your goodness. Lord, I pray that all those who participated in the making of this movie will be forever changed because of the message of Soul Surfer. I pray for you to draw multitudes to see the movie and that the impact will be profound!
Please note...this movie is not for small children, as it could be frightening. It was not graphic or gruesome. Do take some tissues. The heartache...and the inspiration of victory will bring you to tears.