I saw a movie this past weekend called "The Grey," starring Liam Neeson which inspired the title of today's blog. It was my husband's turn to pick the movie and I could not protest since I had not seen the preview, which I just watched as not to give it away. The setting of the movie is a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness and survivors endure wintery elements and wolves. While I enjoy movies that take my breath away, there is less of an appreciation for movies that consistently cause me to hold my breath.
There is a moment when one of the characters who clearly questions the existence of God calls out for help in desperation. When he does not get an immediate response, he remarks, "I'll do it on my own then." That is such a common response to seemingly unanswered prayers. Like children, we want what we want and we want it yesterday. We want to achieve greatness without ever being disappointed, stretched or deepened. We forget that we are an essential part of a greater whole, so it is not just about what we want for ourselves. We can accomplish even greater things when we find ways to serve others and allow every experience to help us blossom into all we were created to be.
Whether or not it was the producer's intention, I was able to see the presence of God throughout this movie. The repetitive line, "live and die in this day" was another reminder that each day is precious and that we can allow ourselves to learn from every aspect of life.