There aren’t a lot of movies that I can watch more than once without being bored out of my mind. That being said, Facing the Giants (2006) is one that I can. I remember watching this film when it came out and thinking that the writers and producers did a really great job. They must have, because nine years later one of the core themes of the movie still sticks with, and encourages me daily. There is a man in the film called Mr. Bridges who comes to the school and prays for the students every week. Grant Taylor, coach of an underdog football team at Shiloh Christian Academy is facing trials with his marriage, his career, not being able to start a family, you name it- but Mr. Bridges tells him of a story to encourage his thinking. The conversation as spoken in the movie is listed below.
Mr. Bridges: “There were two farmers who desperately needed rain, and both of them prayed for rain. But only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it.
Mr. Bridges: Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain?
Coach Taylor: The one who prepared his fields for it?”
Mr. Bridges: Which one are you? God will send the rain when He is ready. You need to prepare your field to receive it.
Basically what Mr. Bridges is saying is to “bloom where you’re planted” . This can be an extremely hard concept that I think applies to individuals more often than not. I know I struggle with it. Of course God can certainly be surprising and send you places you never thought you would go, but instead of trying to figure it all out on your own and trying to mark out each step to take in your life path, don’t let the position you are in now be wasted because you are living in the future. You are where you are for a reason.
If you haven’t watched the film, I encourage you to do so. I have included the scene from the movie that I am talking about. Enjoy!