About This Is Our Time
The movie tells the interwoven stories of Luke (T.J. Dalrymple) and Alé (Erin Bethea), who marry right after school and move to India to serve as missionaries for Embrace A Village, a ministry that cares for those afflicted with leprosy and their families; aspiring financier Catherine (Kate Cobb), who joins a prestigious financial institution determined to make an impact on corporate America; Ryder (Matthew Florida), who lands an impressive job in social media and can’t wait to use the powerful medium for a greater good; and Ethan (Shawn-Caulin Young,) seemingly the odd man out, who struggles to find his God-given-purpose and feels sidelined by God.
“What they all come to learn is that it never really was their time,” Arnold said. “It always was, always is, God’s time.”
The title of this movie caught my interest when I became aware of this review opportunity. Through recent years, I have often found myself frequently pondering the will of God in our lives. Do each of us have a specific purpose? A specific reason for being? Does it matter what we do with our lives? My husband can attest to this fact, as he is the one whom I go to with so many of my theological questions :)
Honestly, from the very beginning of the movie, I was completely drawn in. 5 different people with 5 different paths take their first steps into life after graduation. They all have a faith in God in common, although it is Luke and Ale, newlyweds, who seem the most secure in this aspect. As they travel to India to work with Embrace A Village, a ministry for people and their families with leprosy, their friends wonder if Luke and Ale have their faith all figured out, or if they have yet to the real world.
It's Ethan, the brother of Ale, who really feels left out of the loop as he watches the rest of the group seemingly make their way in the world, and fulfill each of their purposes. Even his father appears to be disappointed with the direction of his life.
Then tragedy strikes, and each one is left wondering how any meaning may be found in such bleak circumstances. As individuals, they will have to see if their faith holds up in the heat.
I might phrase it in a variety of ways, but to put it simply, this movie touched me. It spoke to issues in my life. I felt a personal call, an admonition, to view my life in how or who I want to be in Christ, instead of only what I want to do for Him. It stirred in me a desire to let Him work through my circumstances.
Yes, you will need a box of Kleenex handy. But I think you'll also leave with a sense of purpose as well. A really great DVD to watch, and well worth your time. Check it out.
Take a look at the trailer:
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