I’m trying this one again. This is the second time that I have lost a blog in the great unknown of cyberspace, so hopefully I’ve worked out a few kinks. Anyway, Heather and I bought the DVD of Evan Almighty the other day. As I mentioned in a previous blog that I am a sucker for movies that have a point, and even though this movie was not critically acclaimed, it certainly has a point that is centered on the concept of stewardship. Many of us hear the word stewardship only in the context of giving during the church’s annual stewardship drive, but stewardship is much more than that.
Some of you may be thinking that how can Evan Almighty be a good steward if they were the most expensive comedy of all time? That’s a good point, but here is the case for the great stewardship of Evan Almighty. First, they planted over 2000 trees to offset their carbon emissions from their flights for the movie. Additionally, the director Tom Shadyac bought bikes for the cast and the crew, so they wouldn’t constantly be driving the short distance between sets. Thirdly, the ark that they built was constructed for easy deconstruction, so that the wood and other materials used could easily be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Fourthly, they supported a tree raising drive that planted an additional 15,000 trees.
So often when you watch movies, you leave marveling at the talent of the actors or the beauty of the cinematography or the intelligence of the writers, but for what intrinsic value? Entertainment for sure, but there is more than that to Evan Almighty because those involved with the movie used their talents to not just entertain but to tell the story of who God is. My favorite part of the movie is when Lauren Graham who plays Evan’s (Steve Carell) wife’s has left Evan because of his crazy behavior. They were eating dinner when her 3 sons left to go to the bathroom (something that I would have believed if it was 3 daughters, but back to the movie). There she was alone and broken because her family was broken and the man she loved was not the man that she thought he was, and it was then that God (Morgan Freeman) showed up. He came, not coincidentally, as a server at the restaurant at after seeing her anguish had this to say to her, “Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer (which she did earlier in the film), do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?” That is our God. Let that sink deep into your heart. That is our God.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, Tis now and ever shall be. World without end, amen. Amen.