Sunday, February 24, 2008

There's a monster outside my room, can I have a glass of water?

While Danielle and the boys took a nap this afternoon, I watched Signs - one of my all time favorite movies. Ever since seeing this movie in the theater I have enjoyed it. One of the things that has always stood out to me in the film is the part with Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix on the couch talking and Mel's character states, "People break down into two groups when they experience something lucky. Group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I'm sure the people in Group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation isn't fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they're on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there's a whole lot of people in the Group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they're looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever's going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?" I just like the thought process throughout the whole film that every possible thing happens for a specific reason. From the death of his wife, to the asthma of his son, to the annoying habit of his daughter, to the eccentric nature of his younger brother - Mel Gibson's character Graham Hess is confronted with "signs" or coincidences depending on what group you fall into. It makes me look at my own life with everything that goes on in it and I sit and it possible that there are no coincidences? There are a lot of quirky and weird things that have happened that have lead me to where I am today. How much of that is by very design of Almighty God and how much of that is by "that's the way the cookie crumbles". Every time I watch that movie these thoughts swirl in my head. I like when movies, television, music, books, etc make me think. Makes them all the more worthwhile. So I leave anyone who might be reading it possible that there are no coincidences?