Noah, the movie
By AnitaJoy on March 30, 2014
Crashing waves, back-stabbing family, murderous and envious people, this is the stuff movies are made of, more so this is the stuff life is made of. Then there is also the element of screaming back at God and looking for Hope. I think I really liked this movie although it was not your "fast and furious" kind of movie.
In Noah we find ourselves in a simple mode of thinking. We are not left on the edge of our seat but left on the edge of understanding our soul. Our soul shows us our desires but in plain sight our desires reveal our soul.
Noah, played by Russell Crow, is the only one that can hear God in a time of great darkness on the Earth. Why? Because he desires and is seeking to hear God. He is faithful in prayer and in protecting creation. What Noah is not ever sure of is, when God will send a new light bulb (thought/image) that says, "Go this way!"
This movie is different than your typical American film. It creates a world in which we actually care about what happens to the animals, the trees, and serving God means making sacrifices that we can't even image! Noah has to make sacrifices, and his family hates him for it. Have you ever been there? I would think you have, when you decide not to take a certain job or to leave your marriage, or to not speak to someone who is taking you off your course for a while. Sometimes life is hard because only you understand the direction you must take to reach a higher goal. This is Noah's life. Is it really far from your own?
Noah is in conversation with certain Angels; they are journeying with him and struggling with him (living on Earth because they too are disobedient to God). They haven't really done anything horrible but (in the movie) they are still free-willed and a part of God's self--love--and thus they spent their time trying to protect us, from ourselves and from God's bad-side, because we were to reflect a symbol of God's hope. The hope God had to see something beautiful that cares for creation.
The angels let us know that God wanted us to listen to his limits and care for what he made...in essence God wants us to take care of what God loves...God also tells us what God loves. What an interesting idea from the angels.
As the drama heightens in the ark, Noah's image moves from a strong protective family man to something quite different. Noah is portrayed as boarder-line insane as he makes some strange choices and has to do what God says, which of course his family doesn't agree with ...get in the boat and not to worry about thousands of people around him killing everything. and also sinking . Get in the boat Noah and I will wash away the past!
Noah's family get's into the boat, but of course evil must go where humans go; there is a stow-away who gives a new idea of how creation should be lived. Our villain is very cunning and finds a way. How can a new idea of back-stabbing occur if there is not someone else in your life to do it? So of course there must be someone involved in a relationships drama. The stow-away is at work!
His son Ham, who wants sex and gets "no girl" on account of his father's focus on the family and God, lets the backstabbing villain stay in the ark (one massive size boat!) so that they can both try to kill Noah for not making the Son's desires a priority (over this God who no one can hear). O my! ...children trying to kill parents. Lucky for us Ham has some redeeming qualities and does not kill his father, although his older brother also tries to kill Noah.
As we are swept through the great wide sea with them, a reflection of our own lives being confusing and sometimes isolated from anything that makes sense, Hope finally shows up! The bird (the messenger) has brought back an olive branch which signals new land.
God has made a decision on the external world--goodbye floods--but waiting and looking up at the sky Noah gets no sign from God on Noah's own directions; Noah has to follow his heart. Noah makes a choice to embrace relationships he did not plan for; he makes a choice to regain himself because he lost himself to alcohol from the stress of dealing with God, family and the stowaway; he makes a choice to rebuild his family; finally he tells God he's sorry but he too is hopeful about humanity. His daughter-in-law changes the mental tune and says, maybe you're just a good person...maybe you have God's heart and that's all that is needed to show you the right direction.
There were have it, life must go forward. We don't get all the answers, and sometimes life is full of choices that only we can understand. We can get multiple angles of the story and a choice on how to live our lives. Obedience, Hope, Disobedience, Betrayal, Breaking of Relationships and Starting Over. Noah is faithful and as we search with him for meaning we remember that we are only human, life is about listening for God and starting over in a way that allows us to hold on to the things that matter the most.
Noah held to his faith, his wife, and memories of a family's relationship and trust in God. That is life. Hold on, as you sometimes have to stay in the ark for many days and nights...perhaps no one understands you, but in the end it will work out, if you put the effort in, because everything like the seas must settle down and start over.
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