The Granthams are a typical Christian family. Both Doug and Barb have good jobs. The couple has two well-behaved middle-school children, being brought up in a nice Christian environment. The family attends church together and regularly in their comfortable and safe neighborhood in Mound City, Florida.
Doug and Barb are members of their church choir and are happily looking forward to performing a Christmas concert for an inner city church in neighboring Ocean City.
Doug, who Barb refers to as her Boy Scout, has everything planned for a safe, family night out, including a special dinner with their children at their favorite Mexican restaurant after the concert. But, despite all of his planning for the evening, events transpire that will test the faith of the entire family.
Despite all of the planning to the contrary, Barb finds herself stranded in a Bad Neighborhood and under attack. Doug is not around to protect her. She has no one to call on but God. She cries out for help from Him. She has only her prayers to guard her. During the attack, she fears for her life. In a moment of desperation, she believes that God abandoned her. But, has He?
There is a unexpected ending on this one. The message that really stood out to me in this film was that we are ALL the same in God’s eyes. I LOVE that message!
A statement is made in this 40 minute film by the main character, “My God will not let anything happen to me even if I was by myself.”
Wow – this is the problem with the majority of Christians. We tend to believe God will not let anything happen to us, that we are protected, but God is more interested in our character than our circumstances. If we only love God because nothing bad happens to us then we really don’t love Him or trust Him at all. That is why our faith crashes when something bad happens, because we never believed it would.
So the dilemma is this…how did the martyrs feel, what about Job? There are countless examples of horrible things happening to God’s faithful people all throughout the Bible. What makes us think we are exempt? This is a topic my husband and I discuss OFTEN!
So I have to share my personal story here – I was planning for weeks a special prayer event at our church and it was a 12 day event I believe and I was the only one with all the details and I actually thought to myself that God wouldn’t allow anything to happen to disrupt this event. The day before the event I got a call that my mom had a severe stroke and Roger & I needed to leave right away to go be with my mom. What a HUGE tragedy for me. I had to pass this event on to someone else who knew nothing about it. It was a lesson I’ll never forget. I’ve quit saying what God will or will not do.
We did move up to PA to help take care of my mom so our whole world was changed in just a moment.
So…back to the film…I was expecting something entirely different so this one caught me off guard. I can’t share any more without giving the ending away. You’ll just have to watch it and tell me what you think…
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