This is Spring break week and My husband and I both enjoyed some time together and went to go see the movie I can only imagine.
After seeing this movie, I have to say… It messed me up… in a good way. It is definitely a movie that will move you to tears. It is about the lead singer of MercyMe and how he came to write the song: I can only Imagine. Here’s an explanation from the website: “Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.
Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined. A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love—or from an eternal home in Heaven.”
When we decided to watch the movie it was after sending our two oldest kids to our Church’s Beach Fest spring break week. After that we spent a lot of time with our youngest daughter, went to her favorite restaurant Chick-Fil-a and later walked the dogs, then we decided to go to the movies and see the movie. We took our four-year old because we had to but knew that she wouldn’t be too interested in the movie because it wasn’t cartoons, but she loved the popcorn and paid more attention to that then the movie.
Here are a few reasons why I loved the movie:
#1- Obviously the father and son aspect of the movie was awesome. I love to hear stories/testimonies of how people overcome during really hard times. It was a really great reminder to see, that no matter the messiness of your past God’s love is never too far away. It was really hard to see because while the father was angry, the son was trying to connect to his father even through the hurt and pain. I guess I can relate to that in some way…
Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with my dad. I haven’t seen him in over 30+ years. I thought I was never going to see him because I heard he was in prison. Recently I found him on Facebook and contacted family members to see if I can talk with him. I was able to talk with him for about 10 to 15 mins but in that conversation we had, I can hear a lot of myself in his personality. All these years I thought he was “gone”, God fulfilled that part that was missing in my heart, Which I believe I was able to forgive him for not being there and missing out on his AMAZING daughter’s life.
#2- I LOVED they showed how the son felt after all those years of abuse and that even through your messiness, you can find God and you are now a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). There is still passed hurts that you have to deal with. The son, in the movie, talked about the a particular painful memory that hurt him but you can see that the dad was trying to change but didn’t know how to fix it. It was also a great reminder of God’s grace in our lives.
This is definitely something I recommend to any and everyone to watch. The realness of the goodness of God and how much He truly love us. I would love a relationship with my dad but knowing that there’s still things He’s dealing with I appreciate what is there now. Here’s a trailer of the movie: I can only imagine