I would highly recommend the recent movie I STILL BELIEVE – chronicling the faith journey of Christian musician Jeremy Camp’s romance with his first wife, Melissa, who ended up dying of cancer shortly after their honeymoon. It is definitely a tearjerker and holds your attention with riveting intensity despite the lack of suspense regarding the simple plot line.
Everybody can identify with the tension between seeking God for specific desperation prayer requests while struggling to maintain faith in the absence of positive answers (from our human perspective). This is the classic distinction between walking by faith vs walking by sight – as captured in the theme song lyrics:
I still believe in Your faithfulness
I still believe in Your truth
I still believe in Your holy word
Even when I don’t see, I still believe
My wife and I had an opportunity to view the film just before the social distancing regulations shut down the movie theaters. What a shame – because this would have been a great flick for any type of group church activity (to invite friends and neighbors, etc.). Probably the worst timing in history for a movie release. But it can now be ordered on demand and definitely has a valuable and touching message.
In conjunction with the Day of Fasting sponsored by The Gospel Coalition, I was meditating on Psalm 27:13-14 – which ties in nicely with the message of the movie:
“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living!
Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!”
Praise the Lord for His consistent Goodness – regardless of what we see in our present circumstances.