So this evening, I had the opportunity to go see the Steve McQueen Movie, produced by Greg Laurie and Harvest Films. It was a special one-night premiere event, and the film was being shown at select theaters all over the country.
I was meeting a friend at the theater, and I honestly didn’t expect much of a turnout for the movie. In fact, I told my friend earlier that evening, “I don’t think we’ll see lot of people at the theater.”
I’m sure the Lord thought to Himself, “Oh? You think so?”
I walked into the theater at 7 PM on the dot, and the room was absolutely packed with people! My friend and I had to sit near the front. God clearly had the last laugh there. 😀
The documentary on the life of Steve McQueen was excellent. I had never seen any of his films before, but his life story is quite mesmerizing. Apparently, most people did not know that Steve became a Christian in his later years, and died at a fairly young age (fifty years old).
Without giving away the plot, his was a story of loss, success, being lost, and finally finding peace. I don’t think that I let the cat out of the proverbial bag, did I?
I mean, this man had everything. He was the world’s highest paid actor; he had more money than you could shake a stick at. Yet he was deeply and profoundly unhappy. After all, as alluring as it appears to be, success by itself cannot heal the unresolved and oft-ignored wounds from our past.
Upon reflecting on the documentary, this verse came to my mind:
I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing to have money. It’s also not necessarily a good thing to be poor. However, if you are clinging to your wealth and material possessions for a sense of security and peace, you’ll never find it there! And I believe that this is what Steve McQueen came to the understand in his own life.
It was an excellent film, indeed. I was mightily blessed by it, and I will probably buy it whenever it comes out on DVD (note that I’m not trying to sell anything here – I’m simply sharing my experience). Also, I am reminded of the absolutely extraordinary lengths to which God will go in order to show people how much He cares for them. He will blend together our experiences, our pain, and our joys in unique ways that draw us closer to Him – or not. Ultimately, the choice is ours.
Dear Lord, thank You for inspiring Greg Laurie and the producers of this film to so faithfully document the powerful transformation that You brought about in one man’s life. You are always at work – even in the movies!
Thank You also for this reminder that I am unable to find true peace in the abundance – or lack – of material possessions. In fact, while status and success may satisfy us for a season, true and lasting peace can only be found in a relationship with You.
This does not mean that life will be easy – quite the opposite, usually! – but it does mean that we can experience peace that endures. Thank You for being our Source of peace! Amen.