God’s Compass: Finding the North of a Life’s Purpose
For faithful workers of God, there’s always a burning desire to help others. This inspirational film depicts a walk of faith among the characters who explored God’s direction in their lives.
One night changed them. Suzanne celebrated her retirement as a school principal. Meanwhile, her surgeon son David was too busy with patients at the hospital that he neglects to care for his pregnant wife Jessica. She was with Suzanne that night but decided to go home earlier, leaving her mother-in-law at the party. Jessica was about to start the car when she felt labor pains. At that moment, a juvenile delinquent named Eli was trying to break into her car. Aghast to see her in pain, Eli’s only resolve was to drive her to the hospital. Shortly after their arrival, Eli got arrested by a cop who saw him there. These scenes showed us how one decision or act can alter our life and those we touch. Adding up to David’s stress was that the newborn is a blue baby and would need to undergo open-heart surgery to survive.
The story turned when Jessica asked Suzanne to act on Eli’s predicament. She appealed for Eli’s temporary custody even as David was against it. Following God’s calling, she puts her house up to pay his bail. Shortly after she brought him to her house, Eli took off with her car. He went back to the make-shift shelter but his sister Naomi was gone. Sometimes, we thought we have judged a person fairly as far as we know how. Actually, there’s more to a man’s story than what is plain to see. And that is where we begin to understand situations from a compassionate Christian perspective.
Each character fights a personal battle. Flashback scenes showed us snippets of their memory. Suzanne still feels the longing for her departed husband. The way she touched his clothes showed how much she missed him. She opened an old shoebox and found an old picture of her husband’s kidney donor which turned out as Eli’s father. The realization pressed her further to help out Eli. Meanwhile, Eli remembers his pain for losing both parents. Life has been hard for him since then. These scenes tell us that a wounded soul needs healing.
This film was filled with lessons. Suzanne and David’s relationship taught us mutual respect between mother and son. He may have opposed her decision about Eli but respected her actions nonetheless. David and Jessica’s relationship taught us openness and acceptance between husband and wife. He expressed his shortcomings to her. Jessica remained by his side to love and support him while they face their problems together.
The ending scenes reflect the real sense of God’s love for us. David found his life’s purpose through circumstances that he has faced. Their search for Naomi led him to see Eli’s make-shift shelter. That’s when he knew he could make a difference in their lives too.
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