Posted by: Michelle Knoll | August 28, 2009

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” — A Movie Review

“Fate rarely calls upon us at a moment of our choosing.”

It sounded like something from a Shakespeare play.  However, it was a statement said by a robot to a young man.  The young man, on the other hand, wasn’t listening.  His only thought was his own future. 

Sam wasn’t interested in anything but being “normal” and living his own life.  He had no interest in being involved in another encounter with space aliens.  So when Optimus Prime came to him with news of a new conflict brewing, Sam said it wasn’t his problem this time. 

Well, it soon became his problem.  Because Sam is forever linked to the Primes.

There are two themes running through the whole movie:  loyalty, and calling.

Sometimes friends need you when it’s not convenient.  And what are you going to do?  If you’re a loyal friend, you’re going to be there for the person in need. If you’re not loyal, then you won’t think twice about walking away, no matter what the person says.

The Bible says “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”  (Proverbs 17:17)  Loyalty in friendship requires that you stand by your friends, no matter what the cost is.  Jesus expects this type of loyalty from all who follow Him.

 The other theme, calling, is a little deeper and harder to define.  How do you know what your calling is?  How can you be sure that you are doing what you’re supposed to do?

Everyone has dreams, and desires, and things they would like to do.  Everyone makes plans for their future.  So did Sam.  But sometimes, the plans we make and the dreams we cling to, aren’t the most important things.  Sometimes, our real calling comes upon us in ways that we didn’t ask for.

Most of the time, our plans for our future are things we know we can achieve in our own strength.  So we don’t really need God to help us accomplish those things, so we don’t rely on Him to lead us into those things.  I ask you, would God give you a calling that you could handle on your own?  Why would He do it that way?  Why would He want you accomplishing a goal, without any need for His leading, His wisdom, His guidance, His strength to accomplish the goal?

God called Moses, knowing that the man stuttered and had committed murder, and was not capable of leading the children of Israel out of Egypt by himself.  God knew the job was bigger than Moses.

God called Gideon, knowing full well what Gideon’s personality and strengths and abilities were.  He knew what Gideon could do, and what he would do. 

God called Paul, when Paul wasn’t even looking for a calling from God.

“Fate rarely calls on us at a moment of our choosing.”

You may find yourself being called upon to help a friend.  Or, you may find yourself being asked by God to step into something that you don’t feel ready for, or you don’t feel capable of accomplishing, or you just don’t want to do it.  Question is, are you gonna say “no.” or are you gonna look to Jesus as the author and finisher of your faith, and rely on Him to help you answer your calling?

Tough questions.  What are your answers?

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