The movie, “Evan, Almighty,” featuring Morgan Freeman as God had one line that stuck with me. At the end, Evan who is a modern day Noah, learns the valuable lesson that what it takes to change the world is an act of random kindness. This clever sentence sums up how transformation begins. From the lowly caterpillar that emerges from his cocoon to the transforming of ideals, philosophies and basic principles of a country should take note of that very thought. Think of it. If everyone did just one act of human kindness – not because they were required to, but because they wanted to – there would be a huge metamorphous to the world as we know it today.
When sin disfigured life as God had planned it, there was nothing He could do but destroy it and start over. We all know the story of Noah and the Ark. It’s really more than a fable, since almost every culture today has a worldwide flood story in their history. A handful of survivors would come through the flood and live to repopulate the world – to transform it. We all know what happened when man was left to his own devices. Transformation requires action. God makes it happen, but we are left to care for it. It’s up to us to make a difference for future generations.
We’re reminded of the fragility of life and the lack of respect for it when a senseless act of evil unfolds. If we let the events that occur in the world get us down, we’ll lose the biggest battle we ever have to face as human beings. The desire to do things our own way, will definitely get in the way of God’s plans.
The ideal world would be filled with a population that loved God and obeyed His law. The perfect place would be one where people cared about each other more than they care about themselves. Paradise was once lost, but we have the hope of perfection in eternity. In the meantime, it’s up to us to make our time on earth worth living. We can only do that with the help of our Creator. He who formed the sea and all its inhabitants- who carved through granite mountains and made streams trickle down to water the earth – who created life itself – He is the only One we can turn to in times like these.
One act of random kindness can and will make a difference. The first step is to set yourself in the background and reach out to someone else. It won’t happen on its own. God will bless those acts and He will transform our world, but it won’t happen unless we take the first step.
Dear God, keep us steadfast in your Word, so that we can walk this earthly walk with confidence. Even when things seems so out of control, remind us of your enduring love and presence. We must hang on to the only truth that gives us hope. Clinging to the things of this world won’t deliver peace in the end. None of our earthly possessions will go with us when we die. Lord, life is fleeting. You remain the same day by day. Amen!!