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Opportunity comes from difficulty

posts Jul 07, 2019

Here’s a few lines of the conversation between God and Evan Baxter’s wife, Joan, in the funny comedy “Evan Almighty”.

In the scene Joan is sitting at a table into a restaurant, the three kids are gone from the table and God, dressed as a waiter, is approaching her. Seeing she’s troubled, he starts a conversation that goes like this:

God: Excuse me. Are you all right?

Joan: Yeah… No. It’s a long story.

God: Well, I like stories. I’m considered to be a bit of a storyteller myself.

Joan: My husband… Have you heard of “New York’s Noah?”

God: The guy who’s building the ark.

Joan: That’s him.

God: I love that story, Noah and the Ark. You know, a lot of people miss the point of that story. They think is about God’s wrath and anger. They love it when God gets angry.

Joan: What is the story about, then? The ark?

God: Well, I think it’s a love story about believing in each other. You know, the animals showed up in pairs. Thy stood by each other, side by side, just like Noah and his family. Everybody entered the ark, side by side.

Joan: But my husband says God told him to do it. What do you do with that?

God: Sounds like an opportunity. Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, do you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient?

If they pray for courage, does God give them courage, or does he give them opportunities to be courageous?

If someone prayed for their family to be closer, you think God zaps them with warm, fuzzy feelings? Or does he give them opportunities to love each other?

Well, I got to run. A lot of people to serve. Enjoy.

Here is the end of this dialogue. In fact, I thought of writing my own thoughts about it, but I think there’s nothing to add! I’ll just say that…

God, Life, gives us a lot of opportunities to grow. To build patience, to get wiser, to grow closer, to understand and help each other better… to love each other more! He doesn’t give us love, we get opportunities to love!

And here are the very last words Evan and God are exchanging under the tree, at the end of the story.

God: You did good son. You changed the world.

Evan: No, no, I didn’t.

God: Well, let’s see. Spending time with your family, making them very happy. Gave that dog a home.

Evan: Right, so?

God: So? How do we change the world?

Evan: One act of random kindness at a time.

God: One act of random kindness.

Well, as I said, it’s a simple, light hearted comedy. This was the second time I watched it, and I must say that those few lines, make it worth watching it… it is funny and worth for spending a couple of hours on the couch close to your spouse and your kids ;)

Have a good night… Patrik.

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