"You win." "I'm done."
"I don't want to do this anymore."
"I don't want to be God."
"I want you to decide what's best for my life."
"I surrender to your will."
-Jim Carey in the movie Bruce Almighty
I caught the tail end of this movie over the weekend. Actually from right before this part till the end. If you've never seen this movie, it is about a man who is unhappy with the way life is going. He claims that if he were God he would do things better. Of course what he really means is he would make himself happy. He spends most of the movie granting his every desire no matter what the cost to others.
Eventually everything goes wrong. He loses the woman he loves due to his selfish attitude. He also realizes that it isn't easy being in control of everything and being responsible for people's lives. At the point in the movie where he says the above quote, he is completely miserable and is suffering the consequences of his bad decisions.
Hmmmm, sound familiar?
I like this movie. I know some believers frown upon this kind of stuff. However I did not find anything offensive in this movie. What I enjoy, is seeing the effects of having complete control over everything played out right in front of you.
God knew what he was doing when he took control over everything. He knew we couldn't handle all that power. Unfortunately some us don't get it. No matter how much we say we know God is control, we constantly try to take it back and handle things ourselves. We think we know better. We think doing it ourselves will make us happier.
After all, we know what we want, right?
And can we really trust God?
What will happen if we relinquish control to Him?
Do I have to spell it out?
More brokenness, more pain, more sadness, ......and how bout this one, more weight. Oh, but I got a little too personal there.
Point is, whatever the outcome, it's usually not what we planned.
This scene in the movie captures the brokenness of a situation where we are in control.
He is sobbing. He is wandering aimlessly (down the highway in the pouring rain).
He is crying out to a God he's not even sure will listen to him by this point.
And yet, crying out he is.
It is in this moment that Bruce finally admits he is unable to do it.
He admits his failures.
He concedes his defeat.
It is only in surrendering does Bruce finally become free of his selfabsorption.
He lets go of his need to make himself happy and begins to think about something bigger.
He realizes God's will and ways for his life are much better than anything we can do on our own.
How does it end?
God takes back control.
Bruce is free.
And is in this freedom,..................he lives.
Have I mentioned lately how amazing God is?