Yesterday, I was fortunate to attend an advanced screening of the new film, “Miracles from Heaven,” starring Jennifer Garner. It’s the latest in what seems to be an increase in high-quality, faith-based films — ones that appear to have solid production capabilities, healthy budgets and recognizable actors, who are adept in their craft of believably bringing their characters to life.
“Miracles” is based on the true story of the Beam family. Garner plays the mom, Christy, who’s (typically solid) faith is completely thrown off when her daughter is diagnosed with a rare intestinal disorder. She appeals to God through prayer, but when her prayers continue to appear unanswered, she struggles to even continue conversations with Him. She loses her faith and grapples with one of the most difficult questions in life: how can a loving God allow bad things to happen?
As Christy and her entire family and community wrestle through this challenge, the audience gets glimpses of how God remains with them throughout their struggle. Christy, who is fatigued and frustrated from long hours advocating for her daughter’s medical care, misses these little “God-winks” and feels abandoned, until her sickly daughter has an unexpected, dramatic accident.
And, then a miracle unfolds.
What I love most about this film is what happens next. Because of a large miracle, Christy’s eyes are also opened to the smaller miracles that had happened all along the way.
God never left her. He never leaves us.
Once she opens her eyes and heart again to the possibilities of God, she sees so much more. She realizes the work of God all along. She sees how many people and situations somehow “miraculously” answered her prayers…and abundantly so.
Is it possible that sometimes we miss seeing God in the everyday workings of our lives?
He IS there. He never leaves us.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
He works for our good.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Are your eyes open to see it?
This movie will remind you that God is in the business of miracles — big, small and everything in between. He shows up in our lives, and He can be seen and experienced…if only we open our eyes to see it.
He is there, and He loves us.
“Miracles from Heaven” is a heart-tugging reminder to keep our eyes open to see God’s work. Garner perfectly portrays a mother’s passion and love, and a supporting character, played by Queen Latifah, will have you laughing though the tears you’ll cry over this true-life account.
Check out the movie trailer here. And, it’s worth noting that this will be the largest release of a faith-based film to-date. I’m so thankful to have someone of Garner’s caliber headlining this work. Let’s make sure it tops the ticket sales charts, so high-quality movies with meaning will continue to grace our screens. This is one you can take your entire family to see (it is rated PG, and some younger children might be scared by the topic of death, so use your best parental judgment — you know your kids best!) Everyone who sees this film will be inspired. It opens in theaters March 16th.