An unforgiving sun, a parched earth, and a failed economy have left a small Texas town desolate. For ten years Promise, Texas has known nothing but one curse after another. It’s barren, broken, and dying, leaving a town full of despair. When a couple finds a boy walking along a dusty road, alone in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but a mat tucked under his arm, they pick him up in hopes of helping him. What they don’t realize is that he has come to help them and the residents of Promise.
No one knows who he is or where he came from. Some think he’s an answer to prayer. Others think he’s a runaway or a false prophet. And the only thing this boy will say about himself is that he’s here to help. The town’s sheriff, Brody, is determined to uncover the truth. But Brody has his own problems…trying to hold a dying town together.
Miracle after miracle takes place and the residents of Promise embrace the boy. But when the beloved town doctor dies, it is time for the truth to be revealed. The boy pleads with Brody in front of the whole town to believe that he’s come to help, not to hurt anyone. Finally, with his back against the wall the boy reveals his true identity.
This film led me to ask some serious questions about Christians. It’s so common and realistic that we, as Christians, lose hope so quickly, especially in the face of losing a loved one or situations that just seem beyond our control. I’ve often wondered about why this is? If the only thing Jesus ever did for us in this world was what He’s already done, then wouldn’t that be enough? Eternal life with Him! What a tremendous and awesome gift. I wonder if Christians are led to believe somehow that by accepting Jesus as their Savior, suddenly everything will be better in every way. This is just simply NOT true and NOT Biblical. If it was, then how would all the martyrs feel about that? It seems that Christians that are persecuted end up having stronger faith.
What would it take to wake us up as Christians? If Gabe were to come to stay in our homes, what would he find? It is definitely time for revival and revival always begins with prayer!
One statement in the film was so perfect – The wife asks the question, “Are we godly”? and her husband replies, “I think we think we are.”
PERFECT! That is the Laodicean Church, talked about in the book of Revelation speaking right there. Definitely time to wake up. I hope it doesn’t take a Gabe to do this for us in our lives.
One other thing I loved was the prayer mat idea. I wonder if that idea will take off and people will begin to market those??? Of course, the mat is useless if it’s not used, which is, I believe, the whole point of this film…a call to prayer for the church!
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