Shutter Island Movie Review

Last night my son and I watched a movie called Shutter Island.

He’d seen it before–I hadn’t.

I could tell, as the movie rolled along, he was getting things that I missed.

Eventually, when it ended, I understood why he loved it so much.

It’s not a movie for those looking for something light-hearted, but one for fans of thrillers and of Leonardo DiCaprio, who was brilliant as usual.

The bottom line, without giving it away, there are two parallel sagas, 180 degrees opposite.

Noticing there is a dual tale is the biggest challenge.

If you’re anything like me, when I saw The Sixth Sense, I needed a friend in the parking lot to explain what just happened.

The punch line went 8 feet over my head.

I’m sometimes a bit too gullible.

Today’s reading is somewhat like that from 1 Kings.

It’s the story of how Elijah sees a tiny storm cloud off in the distance that will bring rain to the parched land of his people.

However, when you read this passage out of context, which I did today, the white puff off in the distance does not appear to be good news.

Many times in life God goes well out of His way to provide us with warnings of pending problems.

If we hear Him, we can sometimes avoid that peril.

If we ignore them, then consequences, like rain, still have to fall.

What’s so great about a loving God is that even if rain falls on our parade, the garden in our backyard still gets the water it needs to grow.

If we never lose sight of His love for us, we’ll never lose sleep either.

He is on our side always and forever.

Here’s the reading from 1 Kings 18:41-46.

Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink,
for there is the sound of a heavy rain.”
So Ahab went up to eat and drink,
while Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel,
crouched down to the earth,
and put his head between his knees.
“Climb up and look out to sea,” he directed his servant,
who went up and looked, but reported, “There is nothing.”
Seven times he said, “Go, look again!”
And the seventh time the youth reported,
“There is a cloud as small as a man’s hand rising from the sea.”
Elijah said, “Go and say to Ahab,
‘Harness up and leave the mountain before the rain stops you.'”
In a trice the sky grew dark with clouds and wind,
and a heavy rain fell.
Ahab mounted his chariot and made for Jezreel.
But the hand of the LORD was on Elijah,
who girded up his clothing and ran before Ahab
as far as the approaches to Jezreel.

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