I hope all of you have watched The Widow's Might by John Moore at least once. It is a great movie! It is family friendly, a musical, a drama, and a western all wrapped into one. If you haven't seen it, you need too!
The premise of the movie is two friends and their families championing a local widow in their small Texas town. As she is losing her home to property taxes, these two modern day cowboy heroes decide to tell her story to the people, by way of film. As aspiring filmmakers, John and Cameron have just advanced into the next rank of the local film festival, and find their dreams and duties knocking against each other. Together, the two families face opposition from the press and fight against the injustice of our tax system, all through the dramatic story of a western frontier story.
In one of the last scenes, they are presenting their film to the townspeople and the mood of the people is swinging in their favor. Enraged, the corrupt news reporter sabotages their sound system cutting off the last, crucial moments of the film. Faced with this obstruction, Cameron racks his brain and comes up with one, challenging solution. They'll act it out. They'll sing it. Live on the stage and bring the show to a close.
It turns out fine in the Widow's Might and it turned out fine at the 2012 Plants and Pillars Film Festival.
Thirty minutes before showtime, the sound cord snapped off inside the computer. As my dad tried solution after solution with no success, and it seemed like the Lord was closing door after door, we started wondering: "what is the Lord doing here?" As I felt tears welling up and I saw my dad trying in vain, totally stressed, to bring it together, I was calling, "Lord, what are you doing?"
We're we going to relive The Widow's Might?
Six minutes after the scheduled start time, 2 stripped cords, a hotwired cord, and a friend's laptop later, we were up and running. The Lord reminded me, "Just when you think you have it under control, you don't. Just when you think you know all there is to know, you don't. Just when you think you don't need me, you do."
Granted, I had not spent the day telling God to get out of my life. In fact, I had spent the thirty minutes before we left praying on my knees for his blessing. But, God loves reality checks.
"You do need me, and don't forget it!"