Often a movie comes along that teaches strong life lessons. The Finest Hours is one such movie. And given that I experienced this movie just prior to an unfolding near-tragic family crisis, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
The trailer for this movie gives away the plot as well as the ending, so I don’t hesitate sharing my thoughts here – but I will forgo in sharing personal details.
As in the movie, one very close to us found himself out on the very stormy and dangerous sea of life with little prospect for rescue.
As in the movie, those waiting helplessly on shore could do little to reach out hands of rescue – faith and hope were the only tools available, and at a critical point in this story faith and hope were put into action.
In the movie, the townspeople and loved ones drove to the shoreline of that still stormy sea and turned their headlights out into the darkened sky and sea. Shore power had previously been lost, so the shining headlights were the only beacon reaching out to those lost on the troubled sea.
In our own real life story we are experiencing many who have driven to the shoreline and have turned on headlights into that stormy sea. The lights come in many forms and from many places – from all across the nation and around the world. The lights appear as prayers – the lights appear as meals – the lights appear as phone calls – the lights appear as tears of concern and love – and not least … the lights appear in the skill and dedication of many trained professionals.
Headlights showing the way …
If you find yourself in the midst of a dark and stormy sea, look for those headlights that are streaming your way – they are reaching out to you.
If someone close to you is in the midst of a dark and stormy sea, point towards that sea — turn on those headlights and reach out to help guide that lost soul to the safety of the shore.
Don Johnson – February 2016