I don’t know that I’ve ever done a movie review here on the blog or anywhere else for that matter. I’m sure there are movie review professionals who have a list of do’s and don’ts (I don’t have that list). So, in my Miracles from Heaven movie review, I won’t be talking about the actors that portrayed the family, who produced the film, or if the characters were able to capture the Beam Family’s real life story. Instead, this movie review will share some of my take away thoughts and opinions. I hope this post will be much more than just a movie review. I hope it challenges each of us to think of ways we can make the life of someone else better.
Miracles from Heaven Movie Review
I got this, or maybe I don’t…. I don’t know about other mothers, but this movie hit home in many ways. Jennifer Garner portrays Christy Beam, a TX mom who is just trying to hold it all together while she holds onto a child who is dying. The movie did a good job sharing the day in and day out realities of that Truth. As I sat watching the movie with my mother and daughter, many scenes portrayed real life events I’ve walked through myself. From the doctors who go above and beyond their “medical duties” to see us as humans with hopes, dreams, and pain. To the strangers that stop the hectic rush of their lives to give joy and love to ours. As the movie suggests, those are the everyday miracles we can all see if we care enough to look.
Dreams in the face of pain. My daughter sat on one side of me often saying, “Mom this could be you.” My mother sat on the other side of me, reached over, and patted my leg at one particular scene. I sat in between them thinking, “Lord how did you orchestrate so many tiny details of this movie to reflect real moments of my life?” A trip to Paris is something our family has been trying to put together for Danny for quite some time. We use to say, “As soon as Danny can eat we’re going to have a picnic in Paris.” We thought it would be a great reward for a great accomplishment. However, when Danny’s cardiologist told us his heart was enlarged we started to view time as a gift, we may not be given. I remember Joe saying, “Jeanette, why should we wait, let’s go to Paris!” And so the dream was given some speed to do sooner than later. I am working on passports, have our TSA clearance, have AAA helping plan the trip (which has grown) and the calendar marked for April 2017. Miracles From Heaven shares the dreams and the pain when reality hits with his mighty blow. There are so many moments like that in the life of a child who faces Heaven sooner than the rest of us do.
Alone, yet not alone. I appreciated the producers sensitivity to address the feelings of loneliness, the insensitive comments from people in the Body of Christ, and the love of complete strangers. I can’t tell you how many times my heart has ached because of hurtful words or actions from those in the Body of Christ.
God keeps bringing people into my life to display the depth of God’s love for me, not the Body of Christ’s love for me!
The reality is, God doesn’t need the Body of Christ to show love, understanding, or compassion. He doesn’t need the Body of Christ to come alongside me and help me. God can and does use complete strangers to display His love towards me, and yes, sometimes He uses the Body of Christ too.
I have written another blog post with ideas on how we, as the Body of Christ, can help others. You can read that blog post here: How To Help When Life is Hard.
A story of Faith, real Faith! Faith that is hard to find and at other times engulfs us. Faith that causes us to soar on the wings of eagles and other times pushes through the hardest and darkest of moments. The journey we each make to work out our Salvation with fear and trembling is a walk of faith that has mountain top experiences and deep valleys. It is a walk that is intimate and should never be pushed onto another person. It’s a journey that God walks with us personally. Miracles from Heaven graciously displayed how we should all be sharing Christ with others and respecting it as a personal journey with God that we can’t and should never try to force on people.
To wrap this unofficial first ever movie review on A Moment with MOM, I would say this film is worth watching. Miracles from Heaven shares the real-life journey of walking with a child through illness and facing death. It’s a 109 min glimpse at how your whole life changes when God invites you to such a journey as this. Miracles from Heaven does an excellent job telling this story in a beautiful and gracious way. If you’d prefer to read the Beam family story, Miracles from Heaven, Amazon has it on sale right now.
Are you planning on seeing this movie? I’d love to hear your thoughts too.
Until our next chat,
Mrs. Joseph Wood