Monday, October 19, 2009

The Day After Tomorrow

I just watched a great movie this past weekend. It's called The Day After Tomorrow starring Dennis Quaid. While I was watching the movie I noticed a very good revelation!

In the movie, ... "Spoiler alert! If you haven't watched the movie I highly suggest you watch it and then read this :) I might give it away." ... The main character is Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) who is a climatologist who works for the government. With this type of job, Jack tours the world researching different climates. His latest adventure was observing the Glaciers in Antarctica. A downside to having this sort of job, Jack is away from his wife and son for months at a time. Jack's son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) as a result was very bitter towards his father.

During this movie, global warming finally has caught up with us and the climate is trying to readjust its self by creating a series of massive storms; the major storm being a hurricane like blizzard dropping 15 feet of snow and a typhoon of water from the melting glaciers flooding New York. If people tried to go outside to escape it, they would more than likely die.  Sam Hall happened to be caught in the middle of the storm/flood in New York and had little hopes of surviving. Jack decided to go after his son to try to rescue him. He end's up walking a hefty way through the storm for days.


There was one part that got me. During Jack's travel to New York on foot to save his son, he was having a conversation with his friend (who went with him) saying how he regrets not being there for his son and wishes he could go back to correct his mistakes he made with his son. He has a total change of heart during this movie and now wants to do anything he can to salvage his relationship with Sam. In the end, Jack does make it to his son and was able to send for back up to pick them up once the storm subsided. I was thinking about that moment as Jack was regretting his past mistakes with his son and it came to me, that through Jack's mistakes he was able to have the experience of being a climatologist and knew how to travel on foot through storms. Because of this experience he was able to save his son in the end. In other words: Jack, if he had spent time more time with Sam while he was growing up, probably would not have been able to have the job he had, so therefore he would have lacked the experience to save his son during his most perilous moment.

It's so amazing that God can use our mistakes and turn them around for good.  This is true in real life. God does do this for us! In our lives, everyone has mistakes or past addictions that they are ashamed of.  Don't Be! Use your past to make your future even better! Use your past to help people! With out your past, you would not be who you are today.  Who knows the kind of things God can do with your past! And with God's unlimited amount of connections, He can do an unlimited amount of amazing things from your past! Embrace who you are and who God has made you.  Don't be afraid of your past, use it to change the world!

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